Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley

Ode to My Stretchmarks

of each
!100! !50!what stretches
!100! !50!me
in no light
!100! !50!serpentine
!100! !50!age
I present
the utterly
!100! !50!unamazing
!100! !50!each incomplete
of no knight
!100! !50!in shining this
!100! !50!soft armor
of a cheered age
pleading guilty
!100! !50!again
!100! !50!& over a good
time there is
just the bathwater
!100! !50!no baby
!100! !50!shed afterparties
aftermath of so much
deciduous skin
!100! !50!on skin
!100! !50!what blows
the shingles off
these sunspotted shoulders
!100! !50!one long night
!100! !50!until this weight
will be overturned
a fossil
!100! !50!excavated by some
!100! !50!tiny deity
who whispers
heads I win
!100! !50!tails you lose
!100! !50!and here I am
still rolling
fucking dice

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.