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Friday Feature: Jennifer Price

Jennifer Price is a Chicago born African American mother, poet, visual artist, and librarian rooted in Macon, Georgia. Jennifer has the honor of being a member of Obsidian Literature & Arts’ inaugural O|Sessions Black Listening cohort, and she is a Teaching Artist in training through the NYC Community-Word Project. Her writing is published in the up//root collective, and publication of her collage artwork is forthcoming from the Kolaj Institute. As a creative, Jennifer leans into themes of motherhood, loss, and place and their bearing on the contingencies held within the Black woman’s identity. Follow her online on Instagram and Twitter.

That’s Not Poison Ivy

It’s Virginia creeper, you tell the neighbor woman.

Now, go! Go forth in freedom—I have liberated you

from a lifetime of believing Black folks

can’t identify plants! you want to bellow

to her back when her daughter’s Yorkie

has yanked her paces away from your yard work.

Your boy is up on the front porch chalking the cement floor,

the white flies have wafted away—they are ruining

someone else’s gardenia leaves with their dark paste.

When you come in for water, he doesn’t see

you watch him through the tall window. He’s aiming

the nozzle of the insect repellent at his own face,

accidentally. You don’t rush out to stop him.

The sun is high and drying the grass clippings

according to your plan. You and the boy

are together, everything is perfect.


Torch Literary Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to publish and promote creative writing by Black women. We publish contemporary writing by experienced and emerging writers alike. TORCH has featured work by Toi Derricotte, Tayari Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Crystal Wilkinson, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Elizabeth Alexander, and others. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series, writing workshops, and retreats.


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