Brionne Janae

April 24, 2016 Janae Brionne


always the dark body hewn asunder; always

                        ~Natasha Trethewey



always the dark body hewn asunder; always

the rope and the stretched neck broken, always shadows

streaked across ashen faces, nights darkness wrecked


with torchlight, always the body blacker than clay

mob below upright glaring, always lack stowed

in the hollowness between dark ribs. the spec-


tacle flash, framed and looking up. always some slack

nigger sorry, looking down. always the rending

the parted flesh, the body broken never blessed


always a sacred tree, and dead weight, the dark roots wracked

with guilt. forever and always, here, an ending

the fatal twitch ticking down till final breath.


always murder, stolen sex, helpless overcome with fire.

always the flesh bared to scarcely masked desire.

Brionne Janae is a Southern California native living in the city of Boston where she completed her M.F.A in Poetry at Emerson College.  Brionne’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Sixth Finch, New SouthjubilatBayou Magazine,  and others. She was also the winner of the 2014 Muriel Craft Bailey Contest at the Comstock Review, and a Cave Canem Fellow.