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“Fat Woman Utopia!” by Alessandra Nysether-Santos (5/17-5/23)

Monday, May 17 2021
 

sweet strawberry-pickin’ 
hair-braidin’
freckles-on-the-tops-of-your-shoulders-kissin’
women 
in fits of tinkling slap-your-thighs laughter
between dandelion afternoons
and citronella dusks
paradise is some sunshine and rainbows
some musical thunderstorms
with gorgeous displays of heat and sweet, yet
no scorching gaze to burn these garden bodies
into rigid rows of hedges, stunted 
branches sharpened into defense mechanisms—
we are flesh and spirit
without spite
tracing each other’s silvered stretch marks, inquiring
the names of such sparkling rivers, admiring
delicate purple veins and dark spots
even the sun can’t help but shine on
this vast wildness flourishing
flourishing! everyone is just 
as woman or fat as suits them
and here we are as a daisy chain—
behind me her tender fingers working through my thick hair,
my cool hands squeezing another’s untangling shoulders
as their sweet lap holds the shaved head
of still another woman whispering
you are loved
you are loved, you are
loved.


Alessandra Nysether-Santos
Alessandra Nysether-Santos (she/hers) is a Brazilian American poet and high school English teacher in North Carolina. She has poems published in Expressions and Sad Girl Review and forthcoming in Até Mais: An Anthology of Latinx Futurisms. You can find her on Twitter @donotdiscover.

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