Category: Poetry

Nikky Finney’s “HOTBED 224”

NIKKY FINNEY is the author of five books of poetry, including Head Off & Split (NU Press, 2011), winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. She is the John H. Bennett, Jr., Chair… READ MORE

“Daily Conscription”

by Kyle Dargan We can no longer afford that particular romance. —James Baldwin Brother Rickey halts me before I cross East Capitol. He trumpets that we are at war. I… READ MORE

Nikky Finney’s “HOTBED 58”

It’s December in Sweden and I’ve come to pick up Miss Morrison from the Nobel Banquet at Stockholm City Hall. I’m driving the washed and waxed black limo. I have… READ MORE

“Incendiary Art: Birmingham, 1963”

Patricia Smith For avery r. young Baby girls boom. Baby girls blow and burn, skin balloons, booms. Baby girls burn, boom. The Lord dangles, festive and helpless. Hymnals blacken while… READ MORE

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