[Mistaking Ground for Feet]
by Olivia Hu

& what we became: two wolves crawling towards
the streetlight shadows of Texas, thinking the

concaves hid something we could find. I was
starved & you were more desperate than ever,

plastering to walls in an attempt to home yourself
within something. Meanwhile, America is

becoming part ghost & we are listening to her
fingers, her nails pulling bodies out of her body.

City half bandaged, we are stumbling & afraid.
I cannot unclench my fist from the shape of a bullet.

O promised land 
                                                                    O freedom

I know we are animals. The neighbourhood fences
keep us out. In America’s bared teeth there are

52 stars & I’m clawing each one open to find our names.

Olivia Hu is the Editor-In-Chief of Venus Mag and author of chapbook Ocean’s Children (Platypus Press, December 2016). Her work is forthcoming or has been published in Red Paint Hill, Eunoia Review, Cadaverine, Track Four, and more.

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Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer neurodivergent people of color. We publish poetry, artwork, short fiction (beginning with Issue 3), creative nonfiction (beginning with Issue 8), and hybrid genre work (beginning with Issue 9) by emerging and established neurodivergent writers as well as essays on neurodiversity and literature and book reviews (beginning with Issue 10).

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