Two Poems

Two Poems

dear editors would you like meto tell youabout black painif you wanti can show youmy father’smy mother’smy baby brother’smy dead brother’stooand it’s certain nowas it has ever beenthe permanency of deaththe color of ittoothe mark it leaveslike asheson our...
SAMO

SAMO

And then, America wore kente cloth and took a knee,said it was starting a conversation. And then, America sent Mexico an(other) ultimatum,assured that the Postal Service could deliver without additional funding. And then, America sneezed on door handles in the...
When Tulsa Nearly Killed Queen

When Tulsa Nearly Killed Queen

after Hugh Pearson The Magic City is a sousaphone player drowningout the patrons of a Mexican seafood restaurantshouldered to its outskirts if I drove, Patsy promised to take us. The back of her hospital gownwas shucked like elote after she fell to her kneesclenching...
Four Poems

Four Poems

HELOISE TO ABELARD IN THE VESTRY   (May 19, 1115)  “And if the name of wife appears more sacred and more valid, sweeter to me is ever the word friend, or, if you be not ashamed, concubine or whore.” Heloise Read your planctus, brother, so I can log it in my...
Thea Matthews

Thea Matthews

She Says We’re dreams  walking in the world on the land  of red skin red blood on the land of a civil war She says  we will walk  on rifles for freedom  on missiles for food on the hymns of spirituals humming the cries  of our children  ...
Two Poems

Two Poems

Every train I’ve ever run for has left me & still, I find myself gripping my straps & pounding pavement, waving down whoever’s evening blurs behind the power lines & purpling clouds. I do not wish loneliness of any kind  upon anybody, but I’d take...