Academic journal article The Journal of Baha'i Studies

On Meeting Robert Hayden in a Dream

Academic journal article The Journal of Baha'i Studies

On Meeting Robert Hayden in a Dream

Article excerpt

here among them the dead the others the aliens

I see you without coke bottle glasses a wavy comb over

your nose buried inside a notebook over-

flowing with strange sightings men and women

without a homeland a library to shelve histories

dreams the names of rare flowers fruits baby names

exiled from their villages learning to say hello

with accents thick with nostalgia for their purple planets

here UFO sightings aren't so spectacular

border crossing is quintessentially american universal

crowds gather in squalid ghettoes where every country is a city

every city is a verse & every verse echoes "Those Winter Sundays"

where a New World opens up where all the martians are welcome

at the writing table with their fountain pens & swollen digits

& you whispering

what took so long?

POEM NOTE

"On Meeting Robert Hayden in a Dream" is in homage to Robert Hayden, a giant of American and African American letters. …

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