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January 12, 2018

King of Kreations

Angel Nafis

About This Poem


“I wrote this poem after having had my whole huge afro abruptly buzzed off at a barbershop in my neighborhood. For twenty-eight years getting my hair done had always meant countless hours of hair-braiding, twisting, washing, parting, conditioning, and detangling under the hands of beloved family members or trusted beauticians. I feared I would lose that specific hand-to-scalp intimacy with the loss of my locks. But I gained (in some ways) an even more potent intimacy and understanding of my hair, my self, my gender, and my ability to flex, through this new bond with my barber, praised here in this poem for all time.”
—Angel Nafis


Angel Nafis is the author of BlackGirl Mansion (Red Beard Press, 2012). She is a writer, teacher, curator, and performer based in Brooklyn, New York.


Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Poetry by Nafis


BlackGirl Mansion

(Red Beard Press, 2012)

"Haircut" by Elizabeth Alexander


"Lush Life" by Morgan Parker


"Flores Woman" by Tracy K. Smith


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