found her. naked. arms wrapped around a photo of us.
candle wax in the carpet. shards of light cutting into her
brown skin. last night the walls bled. god came up in the house
she said. was now in our adjusted periphery & in her legs now.
dropped a drum in her belly. she a wolf now. she say i ate
the moon whole. she say she full of brooms & weapons now.
sweats like a pit bull. she say she can smell the shit on me.
she say I finally found a way to clean the blood out the carpet.
gets down on all fours. starts licking. she say she a witch
now. can’t nobody break what’s broken & i’m all ivory.
she warn me to get gone. she say she can see the devil itch
in a man’s skin now. she say they gonna know i’m a beast now. my sister
got a growl the size of texas chillin’ in her teeth & a new video online
of her panting touch me again & i will tear this motherfucker down.

FAYLITA HICKS is a Black, queer writer, mobile photographer, performance and Hip-Hop artist from San Marcos, TX. She was 2009 Grand Slam Champion of the Austin Poetry Slam and member of the 2007 and 2008 Neo Soul Poetry Slam teams. Her manuscript was a finalist in the 2016 Write Bloody Book contest and 2012 Button Poetry Chapbook contest. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Kweli Journal, Ink & Nebula, Yes Poetry, AIPF Di-verse-city Anthology and others. In 2015, she released her first Hip Hop EP, Collision City. She is the founder and Creative Director of Arrondi Creative Productions and an artist on the roster for Hip-Hop collective Grid Squid Entertainment. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada College’s Low Residency program and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. She is currently working on her manuscript, GLOW and a new EP, Neon Glow.