by Angelina Mazza
Angelina Mazza is a writer and fact-checker from Tio’tià:ke / Montreal. Her work has appeared in Maisonneuve, MAYDAY, THIS, Underblong, Kissing Dynamite, and The Poetry Foundation’s VS podcast. You can find her online @angejmazza.
I Was a Loyal Swarm of Tween Mosquitoes
and when the boys came out
of the woods, they were bruised
the blues & mulberry of their
braces. I knew adolescent blood-
hunger, tasted colossal crush.
Wept girled and fell into light
traps after dark, unable to sustain
the conceit: I wanted to be alone
with a man until I was.