Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

14 Haiku (for Emmett Louis Till)

Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

14 Haiku (for Emmett Louis Till)

Article excerpt

1.

your limbs buried

in northern muscle carry

their own heartbeat.

2.

Mississippi...

alert with

conjugated pain...

3.

young Chicago

stutterer whistling

more than flesh.

4

your pores

wild stars embracing

southern eyes.

5.

footprints blooming

in the night remember

your blood.

6.

in this southern

classroom summer settles

into winter.

7

i hear your

pulse swallowing

neglected light.

8.

your limbs

fly off the ground

little birds...

9.

we taste the

blood dripping from

your eyes.

10.

blue midnite

breaths sailing on

southern tongues. …

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