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

tabula rasa

ta·bu·la ra·sa

an absence of preconceived ideas or predetermined goals; a clean slate.

wake up

& there’s a blank slate            in your head

no memories of what

once was or                             what is

all you have is a bunch of

strangers                                  in a room


at each other, taking it            all in

until it all comes                     rushing back

wake up

& mistakes are out                  in the open

floating around

for everyone                            to see

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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