I, too

I, too, fuck America.

After writing him

love letters from

prison cells. Healing

the wounds from my

wrists and ankles

and cock.

He is my desire, and I

crucify myself in him.

What beautiful scars

his love has given me.

Dear America, my lethal lover.

I remind him he’s a nigger too.

Fellating his trauma with

bantu lipped memory.

Pressing untied tongue on his

inner cheek.

How does it feel?

Yeah. Rupturing his whole

being. Here.

And, he remembers my name

when I call.


I, too, love America.

jayy dodd

Jayy Dodd is a writer and artist from Los Angeles, now based in the Boston. He's an assistant editor for The Offing Magazine; a channel of the LA Review of Books. His work has appeared in Huffington Post and Black Youth Project Blog, among other online culture sites and magazines. He has a B.A. from Tufts University.