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Swordplay

Today, my ink feels much slighter

than iron. Too liquid and delicate

to do any damage. I am afraid

always, of my own silence.

That the absence of words

sounds exactly like assent.

I am afraid, too, that the ink

will not be light enough,

the pen pointed enough,

the letters clear enough

to make any difference.

Alixa Brobbey, poet

Alixa Brobbey spent portions of her childhood in The Netherlands and Ghana. She has a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University, where she won the Ethel Lowry Handley Poetry Prize in 2020. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Blue Marble Review, Segullah, Inscape, The Albion Review, The Susquehanna Review, The Palouse Review, The Exponent II, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and others. She is currently a law student at Brigham Young University. 

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