A Poem by Anastacia Renee



Anastacia-Reneé (She/They) is a queer writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, playwright, former radio host, TEDX speaker, and podcaster. She is the author of Here In The (Middle) Of Nowhere, Side Notes From The Archivist, (v.) and Forget It. Sidenotes from the Archivist was selected as one of “NYPL Best Books of 2023,” and, The American Library Associations (RUSA) “Notable Books of 2024.” Anastacia-Renee served as Seattle Civic Poet during Seattle’s inaugural year of UNESCO status as well as Hugo House Poet-in-Residence, and Jack Straw Fellowship Curator. Her work has been anthologized and published widely.


Be. Well. 


the daughter     she wants 

to be chirped     darling 

shrill & tweety       

clean crispy       words 


in the corner 

of her mothers 



break. boom. 

be well little bird. 


the daughter     she wants 

a cozy nest 


with forgivable breath 


sturdy branches 

bent round 

& not spiraling 


holding still 


the daughter  wants to 

be the sole 

bird in the nest 

spreading wings     almost 

invisible so 

there’s no need    

to (actually) fly 


break. boom.             be well. 

little bird daughter


be. well.