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The Lake Will Wait | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

The Lake Will Wait

I know it scares you when I say I’m not afraid to die.

Still, you go on listening,
as birds plummet into the grass—fortune
teller, pharmacist, archangel, swan—

who taught me …

home will come when heaven slums will king her queen | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

home will come when heaven slums will king her queen

Mother woke
before early, daily
tired Black
and white uni-
form sore feet
dish rag hands
cooked mornings
for her family
powdered her cheeks
with Aunt Jemima,
and applied Mrs. …

Sleepless Night #33 | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Sleepless Night #33

“Sleepless Night #33” is one of a series of visual poems combining pages of a Dutch novella with collage. I wanted the poem found on each page to represent the …

retreat | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

retreat

quick recoil as heatwave
tries to coax me
my bedroom, a sun-sluiced
temple

outside, maulvis
and bootleggers
cross paths
crisp, orange sky
waxy dawn
rising behind clouds
sister syncs the color