simmonds_kevin

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

 

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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!