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The Things We Did Right

David Joez Villaverde

We ate no meat.
We said no prayers before bedtime.
We acknowledged the receding shore.

We said I love you to strangers.
We refused to salute the graves of our murderous ancestors.
We took what we needed.

We didn’t run.
We didn’t shake our heads & shrug our shoulders.
We burned our poems for heat.

David Joez Villaverde is a Peruvian American multidisciplinary artist with work recently published or forthcoming in Yemassee, RHINO, The Indianapolis Review, L'Éphémère Review, Yes Poetry, Bird's Thumb, and ➰➰➰. He is the winner of the Black Warrior Review's 2018 poetry contest and can be found at

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ISSUE TWENTY: RS: Steamy, y'all

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