Cover design by Douglas Kearney, 2014.

Cover design by Douglas Kearney, 2014.


Individual Poems:

"5 South 43rd Street, Floor 2"Sometimes we would get hungry for the neighborhood.

"American Valentine"Phillis to Obour,/Valentine's Day 1776./Her lacerating ink...

"bird-poem (after biggers)"we all just birds callin & respondin. melodic & paper thin.

"black beauty": look—like fugitive buckshot/like a silent, stuttering reel/like a mad black mass...

"Dear John Letter to America"America, you beautiful suitor of indigenous bitches.

"From Imhotep's Kundalini": what thoughts I have of you tonight, Du Bois...

"A Letter to the President-Elect and All of US"Dear Co-Pilot(s) of These Upper Ethers & Downy Domains...

"Love is Like a Faucet"these vitamin double ds/gonna put cows outta business.

"A Love Letter to Philadelphia": Dear Philly,/Sonia always puts the words "a place called" before your name.

"Poets Bill of Rites/Rights": poets have r.i.t.e.s./poets have r.i.g.h.t.s...

"Ruby Flo": some folks like to plug her up/but she's the only woman i wait for...

"sonnet with cooking lexicon": we met a fish fry poetry reading inside the food truck of life.

"Tin Woman's Lament"i’d rather have/an agogô for a heart...

"Vines": I grew up in libraries/sacred spaces like churches...

“west of philly”: they asked me to write a poem like a lush life…