Poetry: Fly-Infested Houseplant by Tarik Dobbs

In “Fly-infested Houseplant,” the speaker relates to a rotting houseplant after experiencing trauma; “don’t touch me,” they’re just wanting to be left alone, “ready/ to be knocked off the shelf.”

Tarik Dobbs

Tarik Dobbs is an Arab American writer & text artist born in Dearborn, Michigan, on stolen land of the Chippewa, Ottawa, & Potawatomi people. Tarik's poems appear in Best New Poets 2021, Best of the Net, & Poetry Magazine. They are Assistant Editor of Great River Review. Their poetry chapbook, Dancing on the Tarmac, was selected by Gabrielle Calvocoressi (Yemassee, 2021).

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