Natalie Sharp

Unlucky Building for River Edge Behavioral Health Center

after Casey Rocheteau and Sean DesVignes


.joints my in ossifying friction

friends calling my bluffs,

,coasts both on therapists worried

Like every writer, I have three or four safety plans,

.face mountain’s a by split tongue

bloodletting, lonely tubs,

feeble eye I. first comes

all but young, all but alive, whichever

be to wanting youth my of most spend I

it’s be all right.

,do can’t I thing one there’s If

you ever think of me.

convinced not am I. queen drama too

I consider checking myself back into a hospital—oh I

am ?place warm the is Where

I am half wonder, half reckless, and my feet itch.

:veins tremulous with death into breaking palimpsest a sole My


Natalie Sharp is a Black queer writer, dancer, and activist hailing from Savannah, GA and based in Denver, CO. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Natalie was a 2016 and 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee, a 2017 Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow in poetry, a finalist for the 2017 Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets and was the 2018 Denver Mercury representative for the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in BOAAT Press, Puerto del Sol, Juked, The Shade Journal, and elsewhere in print and online.

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