Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley

Truth or Dare

all black cows !25! pitch in the night
beetly bugs !25! sizzle as steam
above the nape !25! of their sleep
mouths clatter !25! with the full snap
of human teeth !25! there is no voice
in this field but us !25! my legs grown
out the tall grass !25! barefoot
a crept boy !25! shot out unskyed night
I leap for the high !25! tale weavers
of myth I’ll speak !25! myself legend born
my small butt !25! womps against the skeleton
of an Auberdeen Angus !25! her moo
not the slow drawl !25! of movies but urgent
peal hooved bone !25! she balks my frame
stratosphere !25! where I meld with the cloud
of bugs infinite eyes !25! symbiotic her starry pupils
are moonwise !25! with the easy truth
of my calve years !25! what possesses a boy
to dare !25! the hulk of all dormant nature

Ben Kingsley is best known for his Academy Award winning role as Mahatma Gandhi. A touch less famous, Affrilachian author Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley has not acted since his third-grade debut as the undertaker in Music Man. A Kundiman alum, Ben is currently the Tickner Writing Fellow and recipient of a Provincetown FAWC fellowship. He belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. Peep his work from 2018 in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, & Tin House, among others. His first book is out fall 2018: Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot, selected by Bob Hicok.