“black grrl primer” by Victoria Newton Ford

May 14, 2018

This poem is part of our #BlackLivesMatter special issue, guest-edited by Katrina Otuonye. Read more at our #BlackLivesMatter2018 tag.

black grrl primer

And what about the grief?
Add that.

And anger?
Add that.

And the loneliness and this fear and all my sins?
And them.

These are all of your ingredients.

You need all your beauty and war
to be whole.


Victoria Newton FordVictoria Newton Ford is a poet and essayist from the South, currently living in Washington, D.C. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Connotations Press: An Online Artifact, Winter Tangerine, LitHub, Jai-Alai #9, and elsewhere.

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