By Kevin Simmonds


Nature poet handling his plume

Urban poet his switchblade


Each with wings unfolding in their hands


One travels the boned corset of cactus

sky lifting its hoop skirt to a meringue of stars


The other eulogizes children fallen from loveliness   filed

into caskets


Both behold faces turning to see

and be seen


They scatter the broken mirror everywhere


Kevin Simmonds is a musician, filmmaker and writer originally from New Orleans.

His books include the poetry collections Bend to it and Mad for Meat (Salmon Poetry, 2014 & 2011) and two edited works, Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof (University of South Carolina Press, 2012), the final work of the late writer Carrie Allen McCray, and the poetry anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011).

Read more about this multi-artist in his homepage. // Thanks for the poem, Kevin Simmonds!

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