Ashaki M. Jackson, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, program evaluator, and poet. She has worked with youth moving through the juvenile justice system through research, evaluation and creative arts mentoring for one decade. Her work has appeared in CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, Pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture and Prairie Schooner among other journals and anthologies. Writ Large Press published her chapbook, Surveillance, in March 2016, and her second chapbook, Language Lesson, is now available from MIEL. Jackson is also co-founder of Women Who Submit, a community that supports women in submitting their literary works to top tier journals. She earned her MFA (poetry) from Antioch University Los Angeles and her doctorate (social psychology) from Claremont Graduate University. She lives in Los Angeles.
Find Jackson's poem "Gathering the Bones" below.
Gathering the Bones
originally published in The Rusty Toque
after Cecilia McCallum
Then the women wept around the body
The body is
We are forgetting
The body is dead
around here somewhere
The ashes finished
That was how they ate a body in ancient times.