This morning

I made the mistake

of looking

down at this

belly of mine,

this round thing

that keeps on

being too much

a mouth full

of something,

and always

something to say,

always wanting something

inside it.




Candice Iloh is a first-generation Nigerian-American creative writer and teaching artist residing in Brooklyn, New York whose writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Fjords Review, The Grio, For Harriet, Blavity, No Dear Magazine and elsewhere. She is a VONA fellowship recipient as well as a Home School Lambda Literary Fellow. An MFA candidate in Writing for Young People and Poetry at Lesley University, Candice is currently working on her first young adult novel in verse. You can find her at becomher.com or @becomher.