The Worthy and Wealthy Men of Color

The Worthy and Wealthy Men of Color

On May, 14, 1868, the ship Golconda set sail from Savannah, Georgia to Liberia, and from the ship’s log, the journey started for 7 generations of the Fort family, starboard.   The worthy and wealthy men of color stood on Golconda, gangplank, Savannah, the blind...
Two Poems

Two Poems

  Like a violin wishing it were a piano.     Like a cirrus cloud afraid of heights. Like a Nobel scientist unsure of the science.   Like a barn   with hay-fever. Like a lake afraid of being too...
Echo

Echo

    This river it isn’t / a river your mirror it isn’t a curse / can you come back to your body already / your hands they’re waiting to hold themselves / your voice thin sunlight / guitar strings from far away / either are or aren’t there / and so what if...
Two Poems

Two Poems

    The Parable of Baby Doc & the Green Crab The NYT today says Haiti’s Baby Doc Duvalier is dead. So that’s that— another brutal dictator escapes without paying his tab. It’s almost dusk as a cloud a little darker than the others leans down to kiss the...
Eight-Track Tape Player

Eight-Track Tape Player

    The sun slants his hapless rays through spiderwebbed glass, and amid the hills of newspaper rumpling up from the tablecloth our tight-lipped mama unpacks a miracle fresh from the S & H Green Stamps Store— a glory of chrome and veneer, five fat...
Meterology

Meterology

  When I arose the petals of the pink tulips were strewn on the table, debris of glossy tongues. Stalks in stale water leaned against the glass vase, weathered trees after a storm. How I withered into bed when they were still in bloom. A Sabbath morning, the...
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