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Tiana Clark

Tiana Clark is the author of I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (Pittsburgh, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Equilibrium (Bull City, 2016). Clark is a recipient of a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 2019 Pushcart Prize. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from the New Yorker, Poetry magazine, the Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.


I Masturbate Then Pray to God

Summer 2019 | Poetry

to forgive me I masturbate 
then pray to God to forgive me 
I masturbate then hate myself 
after scrolling endlessly through 
porn I never find exactly what it is 
that I’m looking for because there is 
no category for my type of desire