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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