The Poetry Project

Aristilde Kirby

Slightly from above, a slightly smiling brown-skinned woman with a shoulder-length mullet in a gray cardigan, an off-white & navy-striped turtleneck, & a dark gray skirt with a black belt poses with a v-fingered peace sign for the camera. She also wears a black & white beaded bracelet. On her silver necklace is the sigil for the Buddhist deity Vajrayogini.

Aristilde Kirby is a dakini from the charnel grounds of the Bronx, New York. She has published chapbooks with Best American Experimental Writing 2020, Belladonna, & Black Warrior Review. Her book, [Daisy & Catherine²] from auric press will be back with a reissue in the spring. Her work, currently covering the bases of writing, art, & performance, has been featured in Miguel Abreu Gallery, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Entrance, Smack Mellon, & as a part of Texte Zur Kunst's Velvet Voice Club, at the Roter Salon, Volksbühne. You can call her Aris, like Paris without the P.