Salvage: Poems. Northwestern University Press, 2017.
Nomad of Salt and Hard Water, 2nd edition with new and revised poems. Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2016.
Nomad of Salt and Hard Water. Dinah Press, 2012 (out of print).
Art of Revision. Court Green.
The Roots Do a Live Cover of Mayfield’s “Move On Up.”Academy of American Poets.
Ma: A Multidisciplinary State. Adi Magazine.
For My Father Who Once Rubbed Shoe Polish Over His Bald Head. Leon Literary Review.
Ode Where Milk Was Rare. Zócalo Public Square.
In Europe, My Mother Wears Shades. PRISM International.
Meditation on the Worth of Anything and 21 Lessons in the Art of Embouchure. Tupelo Quarterly.
You Don’t Have to Be Tough All By Yourself; Zuihitsu with Love for the Moon’s Failed Rebellion; and Protege. Scoundrel Time.
Recurring. wildness journal by Platypus Press.
Pastoral in Which a Deer’s Thirst is the Tragic Hero.” Hyperallergic.
Redacted from a Know-Your-Rights Training Agenda and Portrait of My Father as a Pianist. Academy of American Poets.
Because I Come from a Lack of Knowledge. American Poetry Review.
Elegy with a White Shirt and On ‘Elegy with a White Shirt’. Kenyon Review.
The American Dream Writes to Orpheus. The Massachusetts Review, with 10 Questions with Cynthia Dewi Oka.
For Khalil, First Responder, Whose Name Means ‘Friend’. Dusie, the Asian Anglophone Edition, p. 181.
Pulses, From a Talisman’s Perspective, and Breach. Painted Bride Quarterly.
The Argument. The Collapsar.
Migrant Is Not a Metaphor. Guernica.
Elegy for Red. The Wide Shore: A Journal of Global Women’s Poetry.
Tabuh Rah and Though We Have No Chance for Escape, Encore. Apogee Journal.
After Hurricane Sandy and Gentrify This! Kweli Journal.
Merapi and Arboretum. Terrain.org.
Amulet and Experiments in Freedom. Briarpatch.
Nomad’s Case for Silence. Boxcar Poetry Review.
Nomad Legend: Midwife and Nomad Legend: Moon’s Benediction. Zocalo Poets.
Poems in Print
Unsent Text Messages to Desire in a Gas Mask. Pleiades, 40.2.
After the Funeral. Prism International, 58.2.
Driving to York Prison in a Thunderbird. What Saves Us: Poems of Outrage and Empathy in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University Press, 2019).
Redacted from a Know-Your-Rights Training Agenda. Soul Sister Revue: A Poetry Compilation (Jamii Publishing, 2019).
Blood & Spirit. Who Will Speak for America? (Temple University Press, 2018).
Everything Will Always Be Okay. American Poetry Review, 46.6.
The Year of the Shoe and Hell is Repetition. Pacific Review, Errant Mythologies Issue.
Elegy with a White Shirt. Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (OR Books, 2018).
After Hurricane Sandy. Best of Kweli: An Aster(ix) Anthology (Blue Sketch Press, 2017).
Interrogation in the Museum of Many Hungers and Syndrome. Hot Metal Bridge, 21.
Succession. Meridian, 38.
Winter Country. Painted Bride Quarterly, 93.
Lazarus Reconsiders His Awakening and Elegy for the Hellfire. Big Bell, 9.
Sixteen and Aubade. Bedfellows, 5.
The Men Who Turned into Air; Time Stops on Mount Batur; and Garden State. As Us Journal, 5.
A Conversation with My Six-Year-Old About Revolution and Population Studies. Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines (PM Press, 2016).
After Coltrane and Tonight We Drink Whiskey and Dive. Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, 40th Anniversary Special Issue.
Promised Land: Sonnets for My Mother. Black Renaissance Noire, 14.2.
Siege and Balm for the Un-Body. Kalyani Magazine, 4.
How to Watch The Act of Killing and Self-Portrait as the Last Will of Lot’s Wife. Fifth Wednesday Journal.
Suppose You Were a Komodo Dragon. Apogee, 3.
Dear Poetry; Captive; Anthem; and Ishtar of Suburbia. Read Women: An Anthology (Locked Horn Press, 2014).
Poem for Prisoner #46664; Dock Scribes; Notes on Captain Ahab’s Workshop Before the Poet is Harpooned. Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from VONA/Voices Writers’ Workshop (Thread Makes Blanket, 2014).
Roads to a Dance and Soothsayer. Generations Literary Journal, 3.
The Catheter Speaks. 580 Split: Journal of Arts and Letters, 12.
When I First Started My Massage Training. The Atlantic.
How Bruce Lee combined martial arts with the blaxploitation genre. The Undefeated.
How Zhang Weili’s UFC title win reclaims our common humanity. The Undefeated.
Cynthia Dewi Oka on Aracelis Girmay’s “Arroz Poetica.” Poetry Daily.
Becoming McFierce. ESPNW.
Forum: Poets and Borders, Part 2. Poetry International.
Homeplace as Revolutionary Front. Briarpatch.
Moving the Movement: A Multigenerational Ideal of Revolutionary Work. Leftturn: Notes from the Global Intifada.
Comrade Naomi Bye. Michigan Quarterly Review: Mixtape.
Driving to York Prison in a Thunderbird. We (Too) Are Philly: A Summer POC Poetry Festival Sampler.
We Are the Enemies (with Trapeta B. Mayson and Sanam Sharif). Love Jawns: A Mixtape.