Printer Friendly

On the page.

I posture between sheets laced in black. Ink absorbing into fibers of conversation undulating from the lips of women who identify them- selves as natural flaws in the fabric.

Collapsing feelings to one, I long to be in their mouths, their heads. I am light refracting outward the eye, stinging and moistening as they speak miscegenation blues.

We gather words to graft scraps of our own flesh and exclusionary cultures. A hybrid forms in partial death of an original. Air of anonymity eases the fragile equilibrium of lives feeding only from each other.

Gabriele Hooks received her B.A. in Writing from California State University. She divides her time between California and Florida.
COPYRIGHT 1999 African American Review
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1999, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Hooks, Gabriele
Publication:African American Review
Date:Mar 22, 1999
Previous Article:To Malcolm X on his second coming.
Next Article:Lighted path.

Related Articles
A Poem For Langston Hughes. (Poetry).

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters