The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: The Chosen One by Vanessa Maki

the chosen one pt. I

i was hand picked by the universe

& it’s funny that the first slayer

was a blk woman

passing down her power to me

so then maybe i can slay

the worst of the worst

& white supremacy—

give it one stake to the heart

kick its ass til it bleeds

& if not i’ll try my damn hardest

be the best current chosen one.

This selection comes from the book, The Chosen One, available from Animal Heart Press.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Sarah Clark.

Vanessa Maki is a writer, artist & blk feminist whose work has appeared or will appear in various places. She has self-published chapbooks & currently has three coming out in 2020: the chosen one (Animal Heart Press) , sweet like limes (Bone & Ink Press) & decayed state (marlskarx).

Sarah Clark is Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor at Anomaly, Co-Editor of The Queer Movement Anthology (Seagull Books, 2021), a reader at The Atlas Review and Doubleback Books, and an Editorial Board member at Sundress Press. She’s edited folios for publications, including Anomaly‘s GLITTERBRAIN folio and a folio on Indigenous & Decolonial Futures & Futurisms, Drunken Boat’s folios on Sound Art, “Desire & Interaction,” and a collection of global indigenous art and literature, First Peoples, Plural. Sarah freelances, and has worked with a number of literary and arts publications and organizations.


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