By Tyrone Williams Tyrone Williams
I left my heart in the teeth of jumper-cables—
black tongue, superfluous nipples . . .

By The Time I hit the yellow tape—
it was already turning red . . .

Of my fair and alabaster love?
My redundant chains drawn in chalk?

Halfway to the stars I stopped—
turned, spat—it’s too late, baby . . .

Tyrone Williams, “Descant” from On Spec. Copyright © 2007 by Tyrone Williams. Reprinted by permission of Omnidawn Publishing.

Source: On Spec (Omnidawn Publishing, 2007)

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Poet Tyrone Williams

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Love, Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Music

Poetic Terms Couplet, Free Verse

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Poet Tyrone Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned his BA, MA, and PhD at Wayne State University. He is the author of a number of chapbooks, including Convalescence (1987); Futures, Elections (2004); Musique Noir (2006); and Pink Tie (2011), among others. His full-length collections of poetry include c.c. (2002), On Spec (2008), The Hero Project (2009), Adventures of Pi (2011), and Howell (2011).

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SUBJECT Love, Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Music

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Couplet, Free Verse

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