Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley — small talk or in my hand galaxies

Poetry Unbound

Dec 2 2022 • 18 mins

On the day you wake to a broken window in your car, what do you do? And what happens when the woman repairing that window offers a glimpse of something new?

Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. He is the author of Dēmos (Milkweed 2021), Colonize Me(Saturnalia 2019), and Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot(University of Nebraska Press 2018). Naka-Hasebe Kingsley is an assistant professor of English at Kalamazoo College.

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