From the Artist's Sketchbook

By Annette M'Baye Annette M'Baye

Translated By D. A. Powell Read the translator's notes

Perfectly round.
                      Perfectly black.
No. . . not entirely black.
He has that bluish-white at the edge of his eyes
And his beautiful lips
Open upon a smile of expensive pearls.

*       *       *

Round and dusky-headed,
Round bellied
Black baby, fearlessly
Offer your unpristine hand to the daylight,
Say hello, fearlessly, to your life.

Source: Poetry (April 2008).


This poem originally appeared in the April 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2008

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SUBJECT Living, Arts & Sciences


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