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Friday Feature: Taylor Lauren Davis

Taylor Lauren Davis is a black American poet, attorney, and retired nurse. She is a graduate of Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her works have appeared in Poet Lore, Button Poetry, Rust + Moth, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Davis is a proud Southerner. Follow Taylor on Instagram and Twitter.


—for my oppressors

I believe in hell

Even more than I believe in heaven

It is difficult

To imagine a realm of light

But brimstone

Makes perfect sense

Spare me

Weedy details of grace & mercy

Sound gospel should clear the way

Like the metal tongue of a scythe

Cutting down a dry

& soulless field

The wicked have sown

Now, let them reap.


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