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Ally Ang

Successful Poem

If I could sharpen this poem
into a point deadly enough
to press against the landlord’s throat

If I could spit this poem into the face
of the boss who hoards property & profit
while his workers starve

If I could load this poem with bullets
to punctuate the heart of the cop
who terrorizes our streets

If I could wrap this poem
around the billionaire’s neck
as I drag him, screaming

towards the guillotine

Then maybe I would consider this
a successful poem.

Ally Ang is a gaysian poet and editor based in Seattle. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, their work has been published in Foglifter, Columbia Journal, The Margins, and elsewhere. Ally has received fellowships and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Find them at or on Twitter and IG @TheOceanIsGay.

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