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The Lost Woods as Elegy for Black Childhood
There used to be no one here,
where cypresses and oaks play
shadow puppets on sawgrass.
You heard the music before
I did: tambourines, pan pipes.
Remember how I woke clean
to meet you each morning?
The dew and the dust?
Remember how you’d catch me
as I fell from trees? Someone
heard and hurt us. I’m Black-Eyed
Pea. You’re just Skull Kid.
We wanted our genius to last.
We never wanted chalkboards
or snow. We never came home
before the streetlights buzzed.
All we do is dance in leaves.
Cackle and Dreaming, we call it.
Our mothers call it grief.
|June 21, 2016||A Fold of Sun||Magdalena Zurawski|
|July 20, 2010||After Baby After Baby||Rachel Zucker|
|September 08, 2011||I'd Like a Little Flashlight||Rachel Zucker|
|May 28, 2014||real poem (personal statement)||Rachel Zucker|
|May 09, 2014||Let’s Get Out of Here||Corey Zeller|
|April 22, 2009||Where Man Is in His Whole||Hannah Zeavin|
|November 09, 2010||Zerogarden||Andrew Zawacki|
|May 31, 2011||Birch||Cynthia Zarin|
|January 13, 2016||Blue Vase||Cynthia Zarin|
|April 17, 2015||Birds of Texas||Matthew Zapruder|