WHAT IT IS NOT
as a black woman.
a woman of color.
my work is not a literary zoo.
for you to come observe. learn. about the animals.
a space to come and dissolve into a plastic empathy.
or a space to publicly, loudly, dominantly flog your privileges.
nor is it
a warm indiscriminate. cavernous. lap to lay in.
it is a boundary.
i am a boundary.
— Nayyirah Waheed, Salt