• Urban Renewal (cxii.)

    Major Jackson

    Winter 2023

    Over and over again I bring the peach to my mouth,
    the peach of thunder, the peach of bare necessities,
    the peach of starry consolation, a singular path
    of desire along my brain stem, the peach of my enemies
    whose slights flyover like poisoned air, dark
    as an ink blotter, or like honking geese whose blaring still
    I welcome. Look at my cheekbones, wet and sticky
    with the juice of living. What arrives as a riddle
    to others cloudy mornings is merely the conundrum
    I enter like a raft going downstream over rough waters.

    Major Jackson is the author of A Beat Beyond: Selected Prose of Major Jackson edited by Amor Kohli. He is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University.

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