Stretch of the West

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If I Could Fight

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Words

‘Hope and the Odds Make Poor Bedfellows,’ JL

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The celebration in Wuhan is a galaxy of lights.The temporary hospitals are torn down, the mallsare reopened. A man fixes his daughter’s...

quarantined thoughts

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i had my thoughts in quarantine but somehow they got out and now they’re loose on the town and moving aboutand if you feel anxious you...

Tell me again

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I am the tinker-toy derelict in the corn;you are the plucky jalopy in the public pool.I mean to say, meet me in...

covid 19

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the sounds of new home construction hammering nails into dystopian rhythms waveforms like ring droplets on still water spreading through our quiet neighborhood like a...

Ode to coronavirus

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As I lay here watching the world crumble from my phone screen, I look outside my window.

passing laments on the highway of the blessed

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lamentations and lust and sometimes we just fight making love for a moment and it doesn’t feel right these children a’ crying these dogs that don’t bark superstition...

An Ode to the Sounds of Blackness

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When Ray Charles asked, “Come live with me and won’t you be my love?” Gladys said she’s leaving to be with him On a...

TWO MODELS

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“Game recognises game” Popular saying Used in someBlack people’sConversations Normally blurted outWhen one seesTheir best qualitiesIn another.

Watermark

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When I leftYou remainedA watermark Those who know meWho see right through meSee you in me

On Holding Hands

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I want to tell you: that this part will be simple, that you’ll always know what happens next, that the first one you let cross...

I Wish To Know You

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I wish to know you in blinding light, I wish to know you in radiant stars. Your kiss like the sea’s jetting mist,the wish...

Shine A Beam

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Where we standwhat we eatthe atoms of our soul        everything we see was all made from...