Published by Poet Kiana Davis

Kiana Davis was born and raised in Richmond, California. She began writing poetry at the age of 12 to grapple with growing up in a low income community and to help her develop her identity as a young black girl in America. For the past 10 years, she has worked as an educator teaching at-risk youth in Washington State.

2 thoughts on “Pretending

  1. I came across this poem quite by chance, and I’m glad I did. As a poet myself I know that at least half of the creative process in poetry takes place after we have delivered our work; it takes place in the interpretive processes of the readership. This little piece spoke to me on more than one level. It was strong enough on its own to attract and hold my attention. After I read something about you on your ‘about’ page, the poem opened up. ‘True colors’ moved from metaphorical to actual; ‘weight’ moved from actual to metaphorical; thus the whole character of the poem changed for me.

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