Minnesota Fats Describes His Youth

By Elizabeth Alexander b. 1962 Elizabeth Alexander
I’ve been eating
like a sultan
since I was two days old.

I had a mother
and three sisters
who worshipped me.

When I was two years old
they used to plop me
in a bed with a jillion

satin pillows
and spray me   
with exotic perfumes

and lilac water,
and then
they would shoot me the grapes.

“Minnesota Fats Describes His Youth” by Elizabeth Alexander. From Body of Life, published by Tia Chucha Press. Copyright 1996 Elizabeth Alexander. Used by permission of the author.

Source: Body of Life (Tia Chucha, 1996)

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Poet Elizabeth Alexander b. 1962

Subjects Eating & Drinking, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture, Activities

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Elizabeth Alexander was born in Harlem, New York, but grew up in Washington, DC, the daughter of former United States Secretary of the Army and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission chairman, Clifford Alexander Jr. She holds degrees from Yale, Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her PhD. Currently the chair of African American Studies at Yale, Alexander is a highly respected teacher and . . .

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