I am

(and am from)

love soft

planet sized


on my Aunt Bertha’s porch–

Augusta, Georgia–

Jim Crow USA–


And surreptitious sips

Of my Uncle’s bootleg whiskey.


I am from proud, cross town strivers

And Up South stoops

Where we dreamed

And saw some dreams die.


I’m from

Black Doctors





Bent backs rare as

White classmates after 1960.


I am from Verdi love

Tawanna Perkins love

Ballet love

And the way light skinned Butch crooned



Third eyes

Dreamboat thighs

Debussy and Hendrix


I am more flawed than a factory second–

Angrier and sweeter than you think.


I ask for a table for two

Even when dining alone.