King of the Natural World by Cynthia Manick


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Contributor Notes

“What Lies Beneath” is part of a series that explores race and femininity. I met a businesswoman in Georgia who said she would’ve loved to hunt for her own food.  I also support a theory that all of our bones have a history; a space where ancestors have left their genetic blueprint. Those prints can appear at any moment, in sayings passed down from elders, to hand crafts of building and shaping, and to the realization that parts of society still do not accept that we can be many things – mother, lover, sister, and hunter.

Cynthia Manick is a Cave Canem Fellow. She holds a BA from Hollins University in English and Philosophy and a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.  She has received fellowships from The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center. A 2013 finalist for the Split This Rock Poetry Competition, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in African American Review, BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Callaloo, DMQ Review, Gemini Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Sou’wester, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, and Tidal Basin.