Dena Igusti
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Dena Igusti is an Indonesian-Muslim American, in that exact order. Based in Queens, New York, Dena has dealt with having cross identity of being Muslim, American, and a first-generation child, as well as all of its challenges. She spends her time writing poetry and crying over it for a variety of reasons. Twitter and IG: @mujahidena

Poem: Houses

Houses   You asked me why I did it Why I hurt you I wanted to tell you You were a fire in the kitchen A gas leak A flooding bathroom A disaster that happened In what I was supposed to call home A…

Poem: But Tonight

Tonight. My country does not love me Tonight I know my country never did But tonight I will love the boy next to me, My mother who sent me a text this morning The woman who hugged me as I broke down, …

Poem: Itch

Like mosquito bites, Regrets nip at you when You least expect it, Leave you red and searing. Sometimes, they’re small And go away after a few days, Like the time you smiled too wide And your bra…