SWWIM publishes, celebrates, & promotes women, women-identifying & Femme-presenting writers through a Miami-based reading series & the online poetry journal SWWIM Every Day.

One Bird, Two Birds by Sanjana Nair

there were two birds

the dapper jay, the early robin


you were blue

I, fire-breasted


the day went haywire

I should have flown


you, loud with need

keeping me with the worms


the ground is not warm

this frosty, winter morning


the dirt

all I know

Sanjana Nair lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Previously published in Spoon River Poetry Review and Fence Magazine, she has work is forthcoming in JuxtaProse Literary Magazine and The Equalizer (including a piece written in a new form she’s developed). In a prior lifetime, she was part of a performative series in NYC named Emofru and The Lady Apple. Her collaboration between poet and composer was performed at Tribeca’s Flea Theater as well as featured on NPR's Soundcheck. Currently on sabbatical, she's a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY.

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