i cannot be happy until
the masks are combined.
will you untie the basque
around my waste?
we are drowning in me;
i will fight to say yes.

Abby Baker received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in technical communication from ASU, and is currently pursuing a PhD in community resources and development. In her professional life, she develops educational programming for adults ages 50+. Abby loves connecting with people, holding space for authentic community activation, advocating for the development of useful and accessible digital content, and reading–reading everything! As a lifelong learner, she’s interested in relationships of all variations, and as a writer, she’s fascinated by our simultaneously simple and complex relationship with words.