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12: Fatimah Asghar

Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

The Ocean is Trynna Fuck

by Fatimah Asghar

when I come to her I try to stay thigh deep
her mouth running just under my ass

until she waves, reaches up & slaps
me in the face. fist full of salt soaked

flowers I brought to her as an offering
she pushes me to my knees & then drags

& I go, sand stained, wherever she pulls
bussing it wide open for her.

she’s so frothy, all she does is cream
when I pull back she spits in my mouth

causing chaos in the hearts of everyone
& me, dumb bitch that I am, falls

in love at her rough & gentle, at her tender
domming. what a miracle, to have a body

so I can meet her like this, her salt brimming
my skin. & later, when I’m miles away

I bend my body & she spills out my ears
my nose, my dress soaked in her

as if to say, look at. what I did. to you.

Copyright © 2023 by Fatimah Asghar. This poem was originally published in The American Poetry Review (2023).

About the Author

Fatimah AsgharFatimah Asghar is an artist who spans across different genres and themes. They have been featured in various outlets such as TIME, NPR, Teen Vogue and the Forbes 30 Under 30 List. They are the author of If They Come For Us and When We Were Sisters, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Carol Shield’s Prize. Along with Safia Elhillo they co-edited an anthology for Muslim people who are also women, trans, gender non-conforming, and/ or queer, Halal If You Hear Me. They are the writer and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated Brown Girls, and wrote and directed the short films Got Game and Retrieval. They are also a writer and co-producer on Ms. Marvel on Disney +, and wrote Episode 5, Time and Again, which was listed as one of the best TV episodes of 2022 in the New York Times and Hollywood Reporter.

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Queer Poem a Day

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and professor Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for this fourth year of our series is from the second movement of the “Geistinger Sonata,” Piano Sonata No. 2 in C Sharp Minor by Ethel Smyth, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by generous donations from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library and the Deerfield Fine Arts Commission.

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