The Things No One Prepared You For – James Diaz


You want the artifact

without having to go

through the window

to get it


a body untouchable




fire in your skin

casting its antibodies

on the floor


eleven different ways

to wrestle with the dark

inside you


none of it holding




we all fall apart

that way.


IMG_8420James Diaz is the founding editor of the literary arts & music journal Anti-Heroin Chic. His work has appeared most recently in HIV Here & Now, Foliate Oak, Chronogram, and Cheap Pop Lit. His first book of poems, This Someone I Call Stranger, is forthcoming from Indolent Books (2017.)


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