Academic journal article English Journal

Desdemona

Academic journal article English Journal

Desdemona

Article excerpt

"Who's that broad?"

Lakeisha crosses her long legs, pulls out a pocket

mirror,

her paperback unopened on her desk,

and studies herself hard,

her head bobbing up and down

like a pink pigeon.

"Don't you know?"

my teacher pride hurt.

(We'd been reading the play all week.)

"That's Desdemona

and she's married to Othello and . . ."

"Ever been married?" she says.

"No."

"Kids?"

She looks from her mirror-

to me

for the first time.

And I realize my mistake.

I want to tell her a story

about purple balconies and tin roofs and Venetian

streets

that smell

of salt and handkerchiefs,

winding through stone streets

to the sea

a story of scars and bloodlines that will never be

passed on

until it ends

loop by loop like a peeled apple

inside this classroom

right here

right

no

w

We tell stories. …

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