When the Phantom Strangles Liberty’s Chimera

I. Phene/Bennu
Iceberg complex: the sun peaking at the crystallized tomb
a bird drops an acorn nut into the ground
and it now burns the scent of time
a riddle interface
between swollen foot and speaking
through tied together strangled voices
if the ape x stone cap is missing from the pyramid base
it was strapped to a ship and shipped to the new world
hear its story like wax on a Q-tip:
H e a r the leather leash’s message
@ written on your back
forcing your breath to s peak
forcing it towards always towards
inter coursing ele ments
force your being to rise
from the mechanism behind
magic
miracle
mirage
this entangled riddle of system
behind answer of hu man
ape x loosened
slipping beyond
Freud’s fracturing of myth
and myopic fragment
sinking titanics
sinking lady liberty
sinking image into interpretations
ape x desiring movement of meaning
process: a constant contradictory state of becoming
between cain and abel
between daedalus and icarus
between mad science and de monster
rising from the entanglement
the mass of muscles wiry nerves
breath of life rising into song
the mask-face of knowledge
the smoke of a burning chrome some craft

II. Gene Un/Corked
What is seen is……… …. representation
of what is all?………… .. ……. ……. ……. skin
is a representation ………… .. of body?
phantom of the eye ……. ……. the ultimate
value of life? ……. ……. ……. ……. who I am
becomes no thing ……. ……. ……. DNA of mine
a palimpsest ……. written over……. am I
typed……. ……. ……. into another
Lady Liberty ……. copper-brown
turned green……. an image……. becoming
tour ist trinkets ……. key ……. chains
is light ……. a contradiction ……. my origin
a secret ……. ion ……. a seed cracked open
melting ……. evaporating ……. now illuminated gas
is all I am?……. To be seen ……. and not
How could you not ……. see what I am
made of………… .. I ……. ……. matter
she a butter ……. anointing ……. coco nut oil
geno……. type of spiraling hair ……. roots in hands
braiders ……. ……. ……. ……. ……. ……. weave
a body ……….. ok ra in……….. c(o)u c(o)u
what a flying fish…..or salt..fish….leaves behind
sprinkled with thyme
bakes ….from inner heat
relatives picked like cotton ……… cacao ….….. marsh mallows
sugar……. canon ……. body boiling ……. like ngombo stew
green digitized lady……. rises ……. again from the baptism
with a temperance of a crumbling Graham
……. ……. ……. ……. ……. ……. ……. ……. wo den spoon
makes round……. in cast ……. iron pots
strongsti rrings ..of ……. black stardust
……. ……. ……. ……. ….//////.in an ocean of ……./ wo man birth
……. ……. anger justified
and the objectified ……. still wanting
to be seen ……. ……. and not wanting
whoIam ……. ……. to be unmade

Sherese Francis is a southeast Queens-based poet, speculative fiction writer, blogger, workshop facilitator, and literary curator. She has published work in journals and anthologies including No Dear, Apex Magazine, La Pluma Y La Tinta’s New Voices Anthology, The Pierian Literary Review, Bone Bouquet, African Voices, Newtown Literary, Blackberry Magazine, Kalyani Magazine, and Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Arts Inspired by Octavia Butler. Additionally, she has published two chapbooks, Lucy’s Bone Scrolls and Variations on Sett/ling Seed/ling. Sherese is currently the poetry editor of SpokenBlackGirl.com and co-editor of Harlequin Creature’s Social Justice Subscription Series. Her other projects include her Afrofuturism-inspired brand, Futuristically Ancient; being a core member of the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance; and her southeast Queens based pop up bookshop/mobile library project, J. Expressions.