If not for me—brown skin, spike-studded leather gloves, combat boots, and sculptural woolen coat—this place could be 1963, still.
K. A. Jagai is a queer and multiracial editor, writer and artist from Brooklyn, NY. They are a graduate of Bennington College. Their work has appeared in Frontier Poetry, Electric Literature, Thank You for Swallowing and elsewhere. In both art and writing, they are seeking that light within themselves and others that can only be seen when one is forced into the dark.
These are two poems that reflect back on our younger selves.