“taking out the garbage,” a poem by rachel atakpa

fruit flies suffocate
after i slip
flimsy white plastic
over my inability
to open: refrigerator
door, mouth, belly
knotted twice, slung
over my shoulder
shame is heavy
pangs and rottenness  

rachel atakpa is an artist, teacher, gardener, and researcher practicing on occupied kaw, wichita, and osage land.

Published by Chloe Seim

Chloe Chun Seim is a writer living in Lawrence, Kansas. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in LitMag, North American Review, Yemassee, Hobart, Potomac Review, and others. She holds an MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and her short story collection, CHURN, was named a finalist for the 2020 St. Lawrence Book Award and 2021 Hudson Prize. She is the winner of the 2021 Anton Chekov Flash Fiction Award from LitMag.

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