Nov/Dec 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 6 PoetryNovember 8, 2021 |

Seila

Jephthah’s daughter was not given a central role in many pre-medieval texts: the major exception being the first-century Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum of Pseudo-Philo, which devoted an entire chapter to her (and gave her the name of “Seila”). — Elisheva Baumgarten all day, you weave an ephod at a loom mill—a beautiful gallows where the royal purple & òfì hang from the trellising. yarn stretched into skein like violin strings blended finely into one unheard rhythm. this is what you do when you aren’t looking for a name, a small coin under the bed. though your waist rattles with cowrie beads a name for each jeweled song. you disk outside your body again. if you dance too much, you risk two planets & one major eclipse. you risk three nights of darkness & just one sun. you hold a tiny flute like a hollowed wand until the wind hearkened & carved a song serrating me. you stitch patterns into fabric: a heart set against deep purple in sinews of cotton. whatever that

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O-Jeremiah Agbaakin holds a law degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His poems are recently published/forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Guernica, Pleiades, Poet Lore, Poetry Northwest, RATTLE, Ruminate Magazine, West Branch, and elsewhere. A recipient of a Tin House scholarship, he placed second for the Grist Journal ProForma Contest, finalist for the Chad Walsh Chapbook Series (Beloit Poetry Journal), Black Warrior Review Contest, and the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. He resides in Oxford, Mississippi, where he is studying for his MFA at the University of Mississippi.

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