Types of Burns: In Your Dreams. by Faylita Hicks

Black Lives Matter. We must all do what we can, one individual choice at a time, to dismantle white supremacy—in our selves, our relationships, our communities, and our institutions. Frontier stands in unrelenting support of the protestors demanding change—we send you every prayer, every bit of energy we have. Stay safe and stay healthy and stay bold.

Types of Burns is a space for Black voices who have something to say about this momentThis may be lyric essay, poetry, photography, etc. Submit your work here. We sincerely thank Arriel and every Black artist who has helped make Frontier what it is today. Today, we are publishing a beautiful photo from poet and artist Faylita Hicks.


In Your Dreams.


In Your Dreams.
“In Your Dreams.” A Black-figure looks down on you from above–their head tilted slightly. One can lay back and imagine that the figure is smiling lovingly down on them as a haze of pink saturates the edges of the image. This intimate pose reminds us of something that is sorely missed by incarcerated people and many dog-tired activists: intimacy. Black activists and formerly incarcerated folx regularly hold space to acknowledge how this loss has especially changed them, knowing that healing is as important as protesting in this country.


Faylita Hicks

Faylita Hicks’s debut collection, HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), has been named a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry and the Julie Suk Award. They are the Editor-in-Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and have received a fellowship from Right of Return USA and the Summer 2020 Residency with Tin House. Their work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Longreads, the Rumpus, the Texas Observer, Texas Monthly, Huffington Post, Slate, and others. A graduate of the Sierra Nevada University MFA Program, they are living in San Marcos, TX, and working on a multi-media project entitled ARCO.

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