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


do you want me to wait for you in the shadows? or stand close enough for you to feel me? my lips are chapped now, due to picking at them. i’m impatient like a wild animal waiting for its next meal. i want to devour you like that. make you squirm in your seat. & so i get us to play a little game of cat & mouse. it’s passion that drives me to this. passion for unbridled pain or passion for unbridled passion. would you classify this as erratic behavior? i doubt it. you tend to be more unhinged like… say – you want to leap over the edge. passion eats at the calmness that sometimes holds me back. passion’s too damn greedy & so in the end i guess i’ll bring you more pain.

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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