Deborah Dickinson

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1 my sister and i do not look alike 2 her skin is fair her hair is straight 3 i am the darkest in my family 4 grandmother mentions how brown i am every time she sees me 5 my mom likes to joke that when i was born she thought she was given the wrong baby 6 home is a word that does not fall off my tongue easily 7 i don’t believe in fate but sometimes i think conflict is the consequence of my breeding

                         MIXED -- /mikst/

                                     1.  (a state of being)

                         more than          and                never enough.

                         2.  (especially of the second-generation)

                                                             an iteration;

                                                             a dilution

                                                                 8  if half of something is not whole, what do

                                                                 you call half of two things made up by


                                                                 9  i’m still figuring out how to best arrange

                                                                 my pieces

                                                                 10  nowhere is a place for people born

                                                                 without navel strings

                                                                 11  i wonder what i’ll look like when i am

                                                                 my ((great)grand)mother’s age

                                                                 12  i find myself increasingly weary beneath

                                                                 the weight of my name

                                                                 13  the simultaneity of both and neither is

                                                                 painful dimensionally

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