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Ailish Hopper is the author of Dark~Sky Society (New Issues Press, 2014), and Bird in the Head (Center for Book Arts, 2005). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tidal Basin Review. She’s received support from the MacDowell Colony, the Maryland State Arts Council, and Yaddo. She teaches at Goucher College.

Dark-sky Society

Each time, Kenny says
With Love,

I look at you, I see
          Princess      Diana

His skin ginger,
          mine, peony,

And, between us now,

          The color line,

No static beam

—More like
Light-bomb;

          Blanching

The     star-
          Dark,

Our lumen-
          Natural

Copyright © 2014 by Ailish Hopper. Reprinted from Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.

Copyright © 2014 by Ailish Hopper. Reprinted from Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.

Ailish Hopper

Ailish Hopper

Ailish Hopper is the author of Dark~Sky Society (New Issues Press, 2014), and Bird in the Head (Center for Book Arts, 2005). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tidal Basin Review. She’s received support from the MacDowell Colony, the Maryland State Arts Council, and Yaddo. She teaches at Goucher College.

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After Martin Luther King, Jr. and P-Funk


I want you to follow me through here
              So wide

They said don’t come there
                             You can’t get around it
But I am here
              So high

They said there is

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Tension makes
a form resound

and so the many lines I am told
not to cross

Do not go out alone at night
Do not call attention to yourself

Closer to the color line
the more I am
            White girl

fool

It is a while before
the other