Amber Atiya (b. 1981) is a Queens-based artist born in Brooklyn. She is a multidisciplinary poet whose creative practice incorporates elements of performance, book arts, and visual arts. Atiya’s work has appeared in various journals including Boston Review, PEN America, and Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Her awards include the inaugural 2012 Poets House Fellowship. Her chapbook the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books) was chosen for The Volta’s Best Books of 2014. Atiya holds a B.A from The New School.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist

arizona is a dream state

 a large buck crushed by the grill

of a gray pick-up           no one notices

how the clouds bridal, ache

to be given away, adored

to a new tribe, trees suicidal

when it heat waves & i hallucinate

smoke rising from the heart

of pomelo, butterflied ruby, singed

blond of the rind, know then

my nephew has crossed over, mistake

night for the underbelly of a spider

the false borders of animal of soil

of cactus of tar in brooklyn

the very air’s gone vegan

blocks from where my family mourns–

who will hold them in a city

where solace’s one good arm

swells when it rains?           on a bus

two thousand miles from red

hook screaming the name of my dead

& before a silent choir

of mountains                     i unsheet him