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Black Bile

by Jon Jon Stefan

Black bile spat out of the neck of your cigarettes

Our melancholic humor flushed the rust down our postures

We brought knives and lighters to the beach like an arms race

We've probably killed each other so many times

Just in case

You'll see those best friends drooling ash onto the rocks, even now

Fingers flower out of lint and thumbtacks


Jon Jon Stefan is a sophomore sociology student from Rochester, New York. Since 2020, he has been active in social justice movements, including organizing peaceful BLM rallies throughout his city. Stefan plans to become a sociology professor and continue his work in advocacy for equity and justice within his community.

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