The Reflected, Refracted Self (on Tarfia Faizullah’s Registers of Illuminated Villages; Vievee Francis’s Forest Primeval; Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s Rocket Fantastic; and Airea D. Matthews’ Simulacra)
The Ways People Live
Long ago, I took a workshop with a moderately well-known American poet. When we met in the student union for the half-hour conference I ’d paid extra for, he was visibly annoyed because he couldn’t smoke. For several minutes he …
Conjuring the Past: Cy Gavin’s Bermuda Paintings
Though early in his career, the painter Cy Gavin is already capturing the acclaim of the art world. In 2015, while he was still in the MFA program at Columbia University, the New York Times reviewed his first solo show, …
Nets: A Symposium & Resilience
I keep a weather station in my head
Saving a life
My mother hanging sheets on a line
in ’47. The wind believes it won the war,
just like the rest of America,
and swirls her black hair in a manner
the photo likes to recall.
Her simple skirt and blouse
Hired as Professional Mourner at Funeral
Lotioning My Mother’s Back
Because she lives alone and my hands reach
where hers can’t, she asks of me this favor.
It is narrow and soft, my mother’s back.
When I massage in small circles, my mother
circles her own mother, who