The fro is homage, shrubbery, and revolt—all at once.
The fro and pick have a co-dependent relationship, so
many strands, snags, such snap and sizzle between
the two. The fro wants to sleep on a silk pillowcase,
abhorring the historical atrocity of cotton.
The fro guffaws at relaxers—how
Allison Joseph received a BA from Kenyon College and an MFA from Indiana University–Bloomington.
She is the author of several poetry collections, including Confessions of a Barefaced Woman (Red Hen Press), which is forthcoming in 2018; Worldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004); and What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), winner of the John C. Zacharis First Book Award.
Joseph has received fellowships and awards from the Illinois Arts Council. She teaches at and directs the Southern Illinois University–Carbondale MFA Program in Creative Writing, where she also serves as the editor-in-chief and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review. She lives in Carbondale, Illinois.
Worldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004)
Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon Unviersity Press, 2003)
In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997)
Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1997)
What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992)