Gone by Then

By Harmony Holiday b. 1982 Harmony Holiday
Gone then risen
 
Milk dawn gone then risen
 
Our ephemeral fawning done
 
Gone sanguine then risen in spell
 
High with your wrist while nihil busy
 
Unburrowing dice teams from sand figurines
 
Risen to swirl steam scooping passing seemingly
 
A kindred-ided up and up, born of dormant corners
 
Forms filial then filled          Goes mourn and swoon
 
Love have and love loom                    Union and risen

Harmony Holiday, “Gone by Then” from Negro League Baseball. Copyright © 2011 by Harmony Holiday. Reprinted by permission of Harmony Holiday.

Source: Negro League Baseball (Fence Books, 2011)

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Poet Harmony Holiday b. 1982

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Love

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Born in Waterloo, Iowa, poet and choreographer Harmony Holiday is the daughter of Northern Soul singer/songwriter Jimmy Holiday. Her father died when she was five, and she and her mother moved to Los Angeles. Holiday was educated at the University of California, Berkeley and at Columbia University. Her debut collection of poems, Negro League Baseball (2011), won the Fence Books Motherwell Prize. Go Find your Father/A Famous . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity, Love

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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