• It's Pinned Above My Desk—That Picture

    Patricia Smith

    Spring 2024

    of Aretha, with so many bodies built
    upon her own. I know the ways that grief
    can gnaw to gouge you hollow—gluttonous
    and unashamed, she slurped the bleakest, most
    absurd buffets of lard gone gray, until
    her mirror bloomed with spillage. How would you  
    have done your keening? Every day a child
    collapses on a boulevard, his edges chalked
    and blooded. Someone braids a noose for joy
    or drops a knee to thin a Negro neck.

    Patricia Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including Unshuttered and Incendiary Art, winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. She is the most recent recipient of the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, and she teaches at Princeton University.

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