On TV, someone is selling the idea of buying by way of a happy family by way of a cleaning product. I want—, I say. Then your mouth on my mouth. Your mouth on my belly. And then. I was never good at being a girl. All those hands made dirty work. Once, my grandmother scooped the Tennessee soil, put it
Claire Schwartz is the author of bound (Button Poetry, 2018). She is a PhD candidate in African American studies, American studies, and women's, gender and sexuality studies at Yale University, and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.