By Aracelis Girmay
The poems during this hugely expected moment publication are elegiac poems, as curious about honoring our lifeless as they're with praising the dwelling. via Aracelis Girmay's lens, every thing is animal: the ocean, a jukebox, the desolate tract. In those poems, every little thing possesses a procedure of hope, starvation, a collection of enamel, and language. those are poems approximately what's either tough and lovely approximately our time right here on earth.
Aracelis Girmay's debut assortment received the good Lakes schools organization New Writers Award. A Cave Canem Fellow, she is at the college at Drew college and Hampshire collage. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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I touch my heart. I can’t stop touching my heart & saying, Today is my birthday, you see? For the beautiful clamor of planets dressed as girls who, running home, have heads. Whose heads swing black night, running home on the black feet of horses, from the rain. Now I understand. Today is my birthday. It is Thursday, my day. My black day. 45 46 iii. a book of graves & birds 47 48 Science We were trying to refind the eye & brain we had when we were pelicans, but the wind came down, it had ten hands, it had more mouths & took & took us far to sea.
One home is there! It said, You have been this small before. Though you can’t really remember it, you were not always, always tall, small, small thing, plural thing— 49 The Dream Last night, all night the dream, the dead mother, my small sister, tiny, her mouth over my shoulder (screaming) like a knapsack when she heard the news, & my brother playing the stereo. I howled like the coyotes; myself. & saw the light outside below the window, my mother, young, playing with me at a rock, in some sunlight falling over us.
I can’t stop touching my heart & saying, Today is my birthday, you see? For the beautiful clamor of planets dressed as girls who, running home, have heads. Whose heads swing black night, running home on the black feet of horses, from the rain. Now I understand. Today is my birthday. It is Thursday, my day. My black day. 45 46 iii. a book of graves & birds 47 48 Science We were trying to refind the eye & brain we had when we were pelicans, but the wind came down, it had ten hands, it had more mouths & took & took us far to sea.