By Maya Angelou
Those new poems are robust, certain and as consistently, filled with lifting rhythms of affection and remembering.
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Table for One She enters the diner, a book in her purse; sits down, opens a menu. Tongues on her sneakers twist like the urge to flee. She steals a glance at her wrist, watch-face ticking in circles; notices that the table has a head, a chair with a back and arms to rest her elbows on. To knuckle her spine against the chair’s ladder of slats comforts her with some frame of reference. Carnations nod in a vase. She fingers the blown glass, its slender neck, the wet crystal lip and the room begins to hum 19 .
She fingers the blown glass, its slender neck, the wet crystal lip and the room begins to hum 19 . 20 Qualities of Light The open-mouthed jar fills with light and brittle shadows. The lid is a tight fit— but this isn’t about escape, it’s about absence: bulbs blowing out, wings folding in on a lack. What I need is the stunned buzz of resurrection—lightning bugs stranded on cracked glass gravel, garden hose spraying small skeletons back to life, their sudden loft into night-blind air. The blinking ribbon’s loop through backyard woods only half-illuminates the trees.
The move Thither to Yon implies a stretch of homelessness. Against the horizon, words spread out like a migration of wings on rivers reflecting mountains. We’d never have gone if we’d known we’d end up where we started. 22 Hindsight The thing about it is its size. It’s smaller, and your sister is there on the other side of the screen, waiting to be told goodbye. It’s not as if you could hop on your bike and rush back to hug her, although that might enlarge the moment. Instead, the memory keeps shrinking, blinking off and on like fireflies she used to catch in a jar.
And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou