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Myronn Hardy

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Myronn Hardy

Myronn Hardy is the author of Radioactive Starlings (Princeton University Press, 2017), Kingdom (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2015); Catastrophic Bliss (Bucknell University Press, 2012), winner of the Griot-Stadler Prize for Poetry; The Headless Saints (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008), winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and Approaching the Center (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2001), winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. He lives in Maine.

by this poet

She visits me when the lights are out, 
when the sun is loving another
part of the world.

She passes through the net I sleep under  like 
a cloud its holes are easily navigable.

Her buzzing tells me that
she doesn't want my legs  arms  cheeks 
or chest.


She craves adventure  wanting to travel through
At the mosque’s entrance      3:30 a.m.     Syrian
women beg wearing black gloves.
Your father’s grandmother was Syrian

before the country was ash. 
Before the government turned 
to kill its people.

What incites that internal blaze?
What says       it is me I will take
or not me      but those whom I claim