Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley

Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley’s debut book, Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot, selected by Bob Hicok, was published by Backwaters Press in fall 2018. His work has appeared in Tin House, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, and elsewhere. A member of the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans, Kingsley is currently the Tickner Writing Fellow at Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland.
November 20, 2018

A poem from the North Carolina Music Issue.

My burnt body hangs crisscross over Carolina beach dunes below where 
family gathers children’s ringing sand splash toys tangled in teenage lust 
the skin consciousness potential of everyone eyeing one another 
in sunbursted bottoms there is nothing here but the bliss of this day 
& so I think on death hanging out over the Atlantic so many dead