Shaina Monet

Shaina Monet is a New Orleans native and the winner of the 2017 Vassar Miller Poetry Award. She serves as a poetry editor at Bayou Magazine and has work forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Yemassee Journal, and Sundog Lit. Currently working on her first chapbook, she mines family stories, census records, and other legal documents to trace her family history and create poems about her Creole, Indigenous, Irish, and African American ancestors in North America and beyond.

You say he was a good man. he wouldn’t like
My pulling out my eyelash, eyebrow, arm hair

Now. now, mommy, it’s okay. I know you
Remember me with hair—braids with colored,
​Plastic balls settled at the top of a nest of black—

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