Preliminary Sketches: Philadelphia
“I saw a friend from growing up who’s been
living in L.A. for about twenty years, and I
heard him say, ‘I’m from L.A.,’ and I said,
‘No, man, you from Philly. We don’t give
“Preliminary Sketches: Philadelphia” Copyright © 2004 by Elizabeth Alexander. Reprinted from The Venus Hottentot, with the permission of Graywolf Press, St. Paul, Minnesota, www.graywolfpress.org.
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Poet Elizabeth Alexander b. 1962
Poetic Terms Free Verse