This poem was selected as the winner of the 2021 MAYDAY Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
A. SHAIKH (he/she/they) is a queer immigrant poet raised in the tangerine summers of Texas. They are the 2021 winner of THE BOILER PRIZE, an inaugural fellow of the Strange Tools Writer’s Workshop, and an Aquarius who loves the color blue. You can find their poems in Underblong, Poets.org, and elsewhere. This fall, they will continue writing as an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Their internet thoughts reside @apricotpoet.