Jean-Michel Basquiat, King Brand, 1983. This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, King Brand, 1983. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Inspired by “King Brand” by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

My heart is the crown of my soul and,
my greatest possessions are the blue and red gold that
fill
me
up.
So I would like to know
Where do artificial hearts go?

Do they live beneath me?
Do they rest under white light
white noise
white feet
or
are they lost
in the blackness between constellations?

Did you know that I am the King of nothing?
I rule nothing
but my innocence
so I rule nothing at all.
I borrowed this body.
Even my bones were branded
when I sprinkled them on the trail to Babylon.

Can you cook me into your curriculum?
Season me with salt extracted from whatever seeps out your pores and
Saute me with your morning sausage and
smell me and
cut me up and deliver me to the hearth
so
I
can fill
you up.

Anastasia Warren is a first year Photography major. Her story “Flowers and Weeds” is also published in this issue. She often approaches her visual work with a narrative in mind. “I feel that a good story, true or not, can say a lot about an individual and their culture.”