A red-faced lion raises its maw. I could be in the supermarket, saran wrap thrown back but there's Hope Wanted Alive scrawled along all the mud-slick side streets where kids roll bottle tops, kids hawk one seed— in Nairobi the slum blues where I stop, gallery-wise. Forty children in clean costumes of
Terese Svoboda is a poet, fiction writer, and memoirist. Her poetry collections include When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems (Anhinga Press, 2015), All Aberration (University of Georgia Press, 2009), and Mere Mortals (University of Georgia Press, 2009). She is the recipient of the Cecil Hemley Award, the Emily Dickinson Prize, and the Iowa Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in New York City.