About God & Things

By Wanda Coleman 1946–2013 Wanda Coleman
              1
i want to have your child
cuz upon losing you
i’ll have more than memory
            more than ache
            more than greatness
i’ll have laughter

i do not mean to be fatalistic
know the limits put on you black man
me, black woman

when you are killed or imprisoned
desert or separate from me
i’ll continue
fill the void of your absence with
love between me and ours

gods

              2
you love me
in your eyes. don’t say it loud
pain
america will never let you

              3
you’re home. it’s a surprise
you’ve made it thru another day
one more night in your arms
to fuck

merge our bodies merge
give
wealth/freedom
congress cannot legislate away

              4
eyes wide as suns inquire
where’s daddy?

he’s gone away

i love my daddy

i smile
he’s a good man

eyes wide as suns
burn my hand with a kiss
go outside to play in the streets

god
what god is about

Wanda Coleman, “About God and Things” from Imagoes. Copyright © 1983 by Wanda Coleman. Reprinted by permission of Black Sparrow Press (Godine).

Source: Imagoes (Black Sparrow Press, 1983)

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Poet Wanda Coleman 1946–2013

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Relationships, Love, Men & Women, Social Commentaries, Race & Ethnicity, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

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Poet and writer Wanda Coleman was a blatantly humanist artist who won much critical acclaim for her unusually prescient and often innovative work, but who struggled to make a living from her craft. In discussing “my life in poetry,” More magazine, April 2005, Camille Paglia said of Coleman: “She’s not as central as she should be. Her language jumps off the page.” With twelve books of collected writings published by the small . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Men & Women, Social Commentaries, Race & Ethnicity, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

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