Poetry: Two Poems by Momtaza Mehri

When poems carry as much raw energy as these two by Momtaza Mehri, we feel the joy of riding language like a wild horse—all instinct and reaction and emotion on the edge, one joy to the next, with hardly a breath for thought. Beautiful, we inhale and become the “smoke under dresses.”


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Momtaza Mehri

Momtaza Mehri is a poet, essayist, literary studies researcher and meme archivist. Her work has been featured in DAZED, Buzzfeed, Vogue, BBC Radio, Poetry Society of America, Mask Magazine and Poetry International. Her poetry has also been anthologized. She is a Complete Works Fellow and winner of the 2017 Outspoken Page Poetry Prize. Her chapbook sugah lump prayer was published in April 2017 as part of the New Generation African Poets series. She also edits Diaspora Drama, a digital platform showcasing international immigrant art.

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