September 30, 2019

Cara Dees is the author of the debut collection, Exorcism Lessons in the Heartland (Barrow Street, October 2019), selected by Ada Limón for the 2018 Barrow Street Book Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as The Adroit Journal, Beloit Poetry...

September 30, 2019

The following works from "Mexican Utopia" were featured in The Southeast Review Vol. 33.2

"Mexican Utopia" Artist's Statement: 

Mexico is a singular country but we need to find those different Mexicans, Mexicans that can find their own way of assuming their own membershi...

September 23, 2019


As the nurses pushed your bed into the OR,
you extended your arms toward us, & we promised
we’d take you to see the flamingos
in the hospital garden downstairs.
When you woke up, you refused to pee
on the diaper underneath you (you’d been potty-trained
for mon...

September 16, 2019

A Dark Bird

There is no right answer to how a young girl finds a home.

Sometimes, she marvels at the swift larks

or names the crows after their shadows.

I have been a dark bird with a compass in her throat,

flock searching. I have been a young girl looking for something to...

September 9, 2019

The Only Confession

I did something wrong I carved a name

into a tree and it wasn’t even mine

the name belonged to someone

I used to love the tree

belonged to no one at all

and I wept as soon as I dug in

the knife how hard I tried to make

the vowels sing but the old tree

said n...

September 2, 2019

The following works were featured in The Southeast Review Vol. 36.2

Arms / 2018 / Felt tip on paper

Car / 2017 / Felt tip on paper

Hand / 2018 / Felt tip on paper

Hand Up / 2017 / Felt tip on paper

Hands / 2016 / Felt tip on paper

Headssss / 2017 / Felt tip on paper

Long Arm...

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