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Nandi Njeri-Ayinde Comer

Years: 2008, 2010, & 2011


Nandi Comer currently serves as poetry editor for the Indiana Review. She is also pursuing an MFA in Poetry and an MA in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. She has received a Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from Callaloo. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Another and Another: An Anthology From the Grind Daily Writing Series (Bull City Press, 2012), Crab Orchard Review, Callaloo, Sycamore Review, and Third Coast. She is originally from Detroit.





I want the tongue to earn its place

on the clavicle. And the palm


to form the shape of pelvis, of forearm,

of shin. I want the body to disappear


under tremble. And the heart

with its golden petals? If bone

was infrangible, and eyes


not such delicate recorders—

but no. I want the bite, and the raking


nail. Body, can’t you imagine

the arresting scale, the spine’s


tense arch? I fight

your hum, your perpetual want.

But the frame, but all my cavities


unplumbed and quivering.







"Tamed" first appeared in  Spoon River Poetry Review in December 2013