Low & Leaving: A Poem

Anastacia-Reneé teaches poetry and multigenre workshops at Seattle’s Hugo House, libraries, universities, and high schools. She is the author of five books and served as the Seattle Civic Poet from 2017 to 2019.

seattle based poet anastacia reneé
Seattle-based poet Anastacia-Reneé.
STANTON STEPHENS

once the acupuncturist with
needles in her teeth told me
my qi was low & leaving

to the low & leaving qi
i guess—you are no better
than my father deciding
to split from the thing you
founded from the thing on
which you gave life

to the father who spent my
whole life low & leaving what
an unbalanced body you
tipped what a soul sucking
man still poking holes in
head

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