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  You could have a big dipper   

A poem by Oakley Ayden

Backwoods Carolina cravings while standing in California a few blocks from the ocean you left Virginia for


i’m in your town. i breathe

your beach. i’ll make you

osso buco, sweets. just

bring me butchered

whitetail shank

and promise to

be primal.


Oakley Ayden (she/her) is an autistic, bisexual writer from North Carolina. Her poems appear in Ghost City Review, Not Very Quiet, Neologism Poetry Journal and elsewhere. She currently lives in California’s San Bernardino National Forest with her two daughters. Find her on Twitter (@Oakley_Ayden) or Instagram (@Oakley.Ayden).

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