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Reading “Kingdom Animalia” by Aracelis Girmay

Poetry Lunch S1E9

Reading “Kingdom Animalia” by Aracelis Girmay from Kingdom Animalia, published by BOA Editions Ltd.


A brother. A train. Fat persimmon, sad heart. Impossible stars and dirt kissing and the idea of allowing your body love—this poem conjures a kind of longing to be touched that goes past what I think I know about love.


I haven’t printed anything from this poem but I have been living with it some years now and can feel a few lines taking shape on a small page. I never know quite when a print will come as designs take their own mysterious time. 

Update summer 2022: the print took form!


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Links to purchase

Get the book here: Kingdom Animalia and the print here: Be Held Now.