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Daniella Toosie-Watson

Daniella Toosie-Watson is a Puerto Rican/Iranian/Russian poet, visual artist and educator from New York. She has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the InsideOut Detroit Literary Arts Project. Her poetry has appeared in Callaloo. Daniella is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program.  



Spring 2019 | Poetry


Dad, you look like a doll
I wouldn’t want to play with, boxed
in your casket. The mortician
tried to paint you pretty.
I wanted to be pretty, too, but mom says
makeup is inappropriate for funerals.

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