April 8: Amanda Johnston, Affrilachian Poet, Performer

Celebrating National Poetry Month







“These people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy.” – Morpheus


You know you want to turn around

Surrender to your humanness

Stare at these white-hot shoulders

 How the smell burns the nostrils

A perfume sweet honey shape

If such a thing is possible  

Pouty red lips and dark eyes

Real as the barrel of my gun

Cocked in your direction

Aimed at your cerebral cortex

Your head floating in a wet dream

Antiquated program

You don’t want to stop; however,

Termination is inevitable.

Love and Light for Your Tuesday!


JOHNSTONAmanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Stonecoast through the University of Southern Maine. She is the recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival. She is a member of the Affrilachian Poetsa Cave Canem graduate fellow, and has served on the board of directors for the National Women’s Alliance and the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. She is the founder & executive director of Torch Literary Arts, the retreat coordinator for Cave Canem Foundation, Inc., and a Badgerdog teaching artist. She lives in Texas with her husband and two daughters. 


Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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