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A.N. DeJesus

All You Have to Do is What You’re Doing Right Now

The moon is in Aquarius & I am secretly in love. I am trying

my hand at tenderness. Hello, softness,



old friend. I had forgotten how beautiful my palms are when the fist is irised

open. The ice is all but melted



now; the sunlight – a benediction. A single flame to keep warm

is enough. There are apples



in the fridge, tiny oranges too. Would you like one?



A. N. DeJesús is a poet and writer out of Kansas City, Missouri with a Master of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She's the recipient of the David Baker Award for Poetry and the Helen & Emily Nguyen Creative Writing Award. Her work appears in The Los Angeles Review, Cider Press, Permafrost Magazine, Waxing & Waning, B O D Y, Bear Review, & Power House Books, among others.

Bear Review


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