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Confessions of a Bookaholic, or What I Bought at AWP

Elegy For Oscar Grant: A Found Poem

by Kehinde Wiley

In a painting that no longer exists // One boy kissed into bliss
by myth, who can’t remember
// to see as beautiful what I thought would destroy me.

In a painting no longer // Maybe he was too calm during the taunts of the police. // “If you were smoke,” he said, “you’d be the smoke that rages from a forest fire, close and wild and dangerous.”

He is the thing that happens only once // His name wasn’t even a word. // Let him go.

Still the King & other links.

  • Check out my review of Jericho Brown’s Please. And please (pun intended) forgive the typo in the third sentence. Seriously, it’s haunting my dreams.
  • My roommate Jaime Karnes has a story AND an interview in the current issue of Storyglossia. You go, girl!
  • Daniel Pritchard wrote an insightful review of D.A. Powell’s Chronic.
  • Addriene Rich is profiled as a queer icon (and rightfully so).
  • And because he deserves to be remembered, check out this amazing NYT article on Michael Jackon’s trailblazing fashion aesthetic. Really, it’s one of the best articles I’ve read about MJ since his passing.