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 I fell in love with honesty & twilight beacon
took rhythm apart
Room for nothing else
but reveille & learned aloneness
forgetting how art folds us
forward in time / however student & used
music to mark shifts like
everyone else in the iced streets
I almost slipped so many times, failing
in every archaic sense / my lace
shirt intact / I talk a lot
about lace no one sees
I wear what fits me in my mind
of winter & the Stevens mood
cannot quite hold me

Khadijah Queen is the author of Jive hooks, most recently I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books, 2017). Earlier poetry collections include Conduit (Akashic/ Black Goat, 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press, 2011) and Fearful Beloved (Argos Books, 2015).

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Title Annotation:NINE POEMS
Author:Queen, Khadijah
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Article Type:Poem
Date:Jul 1, 2018
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