Hymn for the Black Terrific

ISBN-10: 1936747596

ISBN-13: 9781936747597

Edition: 2013

Authors: Kiki Petrosino

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"Each of the book's three sections dramatizes how even in our high-flying fantasy lives, the ordinariness of the natural reasserts itself as a source of both limitation, and, paradoxically, extraordinary beauty."—David Gorin,The BelieverA woman is a lordly thing. Hard as belts.Mean as cat dirt in the dark. A woman rakesher own self down to the girders. A little airseeps in, a little smoke & buzz.Some say I'm a woman. Some call me so.No matter what I do, I just get handsomer.Count my ribs. Now count my belts of fat.Only one of us can get off. Guess who?You talk, mild as mallow. I must've built youfrom a kit. So fast your teeth fit the marksin my head. Woman, woman you say.Maybe I'm a sunfish, conjuring in the deep.It takes more than blood to bring me down.Watch me press my woman's tongue to your gullet.You spit & jaw & call in the old meters til I'm sickwith sensing you. Open the door.It's not love I want, but form. I'll roost herein your headful of sunfish. You said: a woman cravesa devil for her darling. You lion claw. Come seewhat I've digged with the teeth of my face.Kiki Petrosinois the author ofFort Red Border(Sarabande Books, 2009) and the co-editor of Transom, an independent online poetry journal. Poems have appeared inTin House,FENCE,Jubilat,Gulf Coast, andThe New York Times. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and teaches at the University of Louisville.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Sarabande Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 88
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Petrosino (28) earned a master's degrees from the University of Chicago and Iowa Writer's Workshop. A young biracial poet of African- and Italian-American decent, she has been praised for her ability to write about race issues in an oblique and humorous fashion. Her work was featured in Best New Poets 2006.

Oiseau Rebelle
Personal Style Monologue
This Woman's Face Is Your Future
Oiseau Rebelle
A Sister Is a Thought Curving Back on Herself
The Terrible Test of Love
Hymn for the Black Terrific
Advisory Protocol
At the Teahouse
Postcard from Ogun State
Cygnus Cygnus
Turn Back Your Head & There Is The Shore
Eating House
Super Milk Flavor
Destiny Comes Together as a Cold Plate
Turn Back Your Head & There Is the Shore
Top of a Dumpling, Top of a Temple
The Peaceful Heart Has No Hang-ups
I Shall Absorb Whatever Comes My Way
No Birth, No Death
Linked to Blood
Crossing the Bridge
Mushroom Growing Beneath the Tree
I Love You, No Discussion
Moon-Wrapped Fragrant Spareribs
Herd Girl's Favorite Flower
Eight Renunciations of the Looking-Glass
The Author
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