Featured Title & Author
Smoke Girl is a study in loss: of body, safety, and identity. It interrogates the simultaneous invisibility and hypervisibility of fat, Black, femme bodies. Instead of forgetting, Simone Person breaks the silences and shame embedded in the murky aftermath of sexual assault, employing the voices of victim, perpetrator, and spectator throughout.
Simone Person grew up in small Michigan towns and Toledo, Ohio. She is a Pink Door Women’s Writing Retreat 2018 Fellow and author of Dislocate, the prose winner of Honeysuckle Press’s 2017 Chapbook Contest. She is currently an MFA/MA in Fiction and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Yemassee, Gigantic Sequins, and others. Find out more at simoneperson.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @princxporkchop.
from Diode Poetry Journal 13.2
2020 Sundress Publications Best of the Net Finalist
My rapist is a good boy.
Kisses his mama. Soaks her in salts
and places her up so high
no man but him can touch her.
My rapist wants
to love but don’t know how.
Ends up with all the wrong girls.
Can’t seem to find one that’s not crazy.
My rapist talks real clean.
Always has the right answers.
He built a whole world
where I was unbruised and had no name.
My rapist loves women.
The ones he can fit ripe
under his thumb.
My rapist smiles like the moon.
Makes you drunk from the shine.
Calls it your fault.
Simone Person is a Pink Door fellow and became Prose Editor at Honeysuckle Press in 2018. She is the author of Dislocate, the fiction winner of the 2017 Honeysuckle Press Chapbook Contest, and Smoke Girl, the poetry winner of the 2018 Diode Editions Chapbook Contest. Simone grew up in Michigan and Toledo, Ohio and is a dual MFA/MA in Fiction and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. She can be found at simoneperson.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @princxporkchop.
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