LaWanda Walters

LaWanda Walters is the author of a forthcoming book of poems, Light Is the Odalisque, selected by Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root for the Silver Concho Series at Press 53. Her “Goodness in Mississippi,” originally published in The Georgia Review (Winter 2013) was chosen by Sherman Alexie for Best American Poetry 2015.

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Goodness in Mississippi

—After Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool,”     with thanks to Terrance Hayes   My friend said I wasn’t fat but she was, and we would go on that way, back and forth. She was my first real    friend, the kind who changes everything. Her mother was so cool, didn’t shave down there for […]

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