Matt Nelson lives on the west coast and is one half the author of Please Don't Make Me A Character (Shabby Doll House) and two halves the author of An Apology For Apologies (Big Lucks).
Nkosi Nkululeko, the 2016 New York City Youth Poet Laureate, is a Callaloo fellow and has been nominated for the Independent Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize. Nkosi’s work can be found in [PANK] Magazine, VINYL, No Token, and other publications. He lives in Harlem, New York. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Nathan Wade Carter is a queer, grey-a poet, musician, and artist living in Portland, Oregon. His poetry can and will be found in Heavy Feather Review, Horse Less Press, Souvenir, Powder Keg Magazine, The Fem, and others. He is editor and founder of SUSAN / The Journal. He writes and performs songs under the name Purrbot. He is recording a new album called DNR. Find him online at nathanwadecarter.com.
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I’m imagining a future / where we are both younger, / and the edges of the camera / have a blossoming filter / like a Final Fantasy cutscene— / we are in a field of blond grass / and you are running
I’m all of the above. injured. buried. / singing. vacant. home is where the start hid. / home, where the spark bit. home / misspelled as hold me. I’m only just / beginning to tell it. home is where / you held me down.