Originally from Maplewood, New Jersey, Ilari Pass is a retired maintenance worker of the United States Postal Service. She holds a BA in English from Guilford College of Greensboro, NC, and an MA in English, with a concentration in literature, from Gardner-Webb University of Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Her work appears or forthcoming in RedFez, Triggerfish Critical Review, Rigorous Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, Drunk Monkeys, Broad River Review, Common Ground Review, and others. Ilari recommends BlackLivesMatter.com.
His last black breath
The man presses stay down, makes no sound
Someone releasing air by the knee where this man’s
had once flown.