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Poetry by Renee Agatep

Barako


for Albert

He minds the screaming

kettle, silentious and steady,

measured in teaspoons

of amber clover bouquets


He speaks to me in porcelain

tones slid across woodgrain

awaiting closed-mouthed sips

burning bitter caramel, sighing


agitated smoke signals

curling, calming

this way and that,

he talks in teacups.


First published in Anak Sastra. Published here with permission from Anak Sastra and the poet.


Renee Agatep (she/her) is an American poet living in Florida. Renee earned her master's at Northeastern University and is currently studying creative writing at the University of Central Florida. She is a 2020 Best of the Net nominee. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Rust+Moth, Dear Damsels, Dunes Review, Malarkey Books, and the Texas Poetry Calendar. You can find her on Twitter as @GoingByRenee.

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