Kara Jackson


Kara Jackson is a singer/songwriter, musician, and writer from Oak Park, Illinois. Jackson served as the third National Youth Poet Laureate from 2019–2020. Source

anthem for my belly after eating too much

i look in the mirror, and all the chips i’ve eaten

this month have accumulated

like schoolwork at the bottom of my tummy,

my belly—a country i’m trying to love.

my mouth is a lover devoted to you, my belly, my belly

the birds will string a song together

with wind for you and your army

of solids, militia of grease.

americans love excess, but we also love jeans,

and refuse to make excess comfortable in them.

i step into a fashionable prison,

my middle managed and fastened into

suffering. my gracious gut,

dutiful dome, i will wear a house for you

that you can live in, promise walls

that embrace your growing flesh,

and watch you reach toward everything possible.





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:



Body & Body Image

Childhood & Coming of Age

Poetic Form

Literary Devices:


the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession


an exclamatory passage in a speech or poem addressed to a person (typically one who is dead or absent) or thing (typically one that is personified)


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


a lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject, often elevated in style or manner and written in varied or irregular meter