Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

For AI [Love] Né Florence Anthony: On the Cover of Dread

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

For AI [Love] Né Florence Anthony: On the Cover of Dread

Article excerpt

the girl with the red hood desires the black wolf

but a boy with a white dress spells uncertainty

I could desire if the dress weren't white

nor a boy but the grandmother surely

could not be eaten by the black wolf

since the wolf was axed by the woodsman

or shot by the hunter in camouflage

or the blues camouflaged as uniform

and I didn't think this poem would stray

from a fairy tale when I began though

I was thinking of love in the form

of a woman one eighth Native

one quarter black and even more

Japanese-no, Japanese American

as her father Michael Ogawa

had been recently released from the Heart

Mountain or Gila River where they

never asked the Natives about their guests

since the guests were never legally

upon their land or even imprisoned only

merely protected as were the Natives

on Native land and perhaps that is why

Florence changed her name to Ai

while Anthony marked the man

who beat her mother for sleeping with

a Jap leaving him with a bastard

and love grew into a woman who rocked

a white boy in a bar, slipped him home

and when, expecting love, he requested

she beat him, she did, and later unrequested

she composed him in a poem to his father

whom she'd also slept with to let him know

what sort of child and love he'd begotten

and in the fairy tale that was her life

she sang the wolf the girl the boy the granny

a hunter hunted devoured and devouring

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