The 2021 Detroit Metro Times Fiction Issue

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Tina Turner Holds Herself Together

By Imani Mixon

This poem was inspired by this doctored photo created by Ard Gelinck, @ardgelinck.

We been here before

Wrapping our arms around each other

Our lace gloved hands

Kissing our shoulders

Hair a honey black brown

Like the teacup terriers the fashion girls wear

In their big big purses

As they steal their way bigger

I dream my way

Out of Nutbush, onto the road

At center stage

Away from him

Away from home

And call it a miracle

They look at me

As I vaseline my glisten

I am all legs and hair but somehow not human

Just glimmer

Just legs and hair and shimmering somewhere

Not feeling

Imani Mixon is a best dresser, dream catcher, and storyteller.

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