like the singing coming off the drums
you are my first love
caught my breath through your eyes
rhythm beats between my thighs
mother you taught me how to birth poems upstream
us. *image: Cassandra Wilson
I am a Detroit poet. I came to poetry through culture and identification so when Shay asked us to write a poem within a poem, I returned to what I know. For me, poetry began with women who look like me, socially conscious women whose voices and passions mirrored my own. My first loves were Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni and Audre Lorde.
As a Detroiter, I am unbashedly proud of the contribution and legacy of Broadside Press. In short, I read poetry backwards. I identified first with the contemporaries and through them, I discovered the classics.
My contribution is inspired by Sonia Sanchez's collection, like the sing coming off the drums. Beacon Press (c)1998
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