On February 19th, Art Academy of Cincinnati hosted a night of poetry reading full of dedicated, strong-willed, and politically activated poets. Below is the poem read by AAC student, Hailee Herin.

I am a maturing pomegranate.
My heart
my mind
my emotions, so juicy
and you have to be so intimate with it
get it to open,
not crushing the seeds,
avoiding the declining ones
So tender,
unapologetic in her forwardness,
“may I touch myself?”
Not a survival tactic,