“COUNTERPETITIONER’S SUPPORTING AFFIDAVIT” by Starr Davis is the 3rd place winner of the 2023 Sappho Prize for Women Poets, selected by Guest Judge Evie Shockley. We’re honored to share this poem with you.
“I can’t help but love a poem that takes the sterile discourses of law and bureaucracy and explodes them with life’s messy, but necessary excess. This poem’s language is bursting with Black vernacular riches, in the coin of pain and persistence. Our truths, even when they fit in the space provided, are never neat—but we need them, and with the kind of energy pulsing through these lines.” —Evie Shockley, Guest Judge
COUNTERPETITIONER’S SUPPORTING AFFIDAVIT