Levi Todd is an emerging poet from Chicago, always trying to make his way back home. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Reacting Out Loud, an organization devoted to uplifting poetry and affirming community in Muncie, Indiana. His work has been published or is forthcoming in The Indianola Review as well as Winter Tangerine Workshop and Blueshift Journal Workshop anthologies.
"the barber smoothes the shaving cream
across the base of my neck, steadies my trembling
a heart with a blurred border
is always questioned.
been taught to celebrate puberty like homecoming.
been told not to spill acetone or nail polish,
they might distort the lesson plans—
and wouldn’t that be awful
"Bury these eyes, these ears, and this mouth"
There are so many things I’d like to say.
"We walk in the inferno
and are not scorched.
They will melt us down no more"