Gazelle Lost in Watts

By Harmony Holiday b. 1982 Harmony Holiday
I saw you painted on a ghetto wall last summer and thought don’t submit to this medium    ...    everybody’s running into the wall or running into each other and plagiarizing our future like mummies and nukes, I watched you hug the Mona Lisa. I wanna use the word pariah until it shrugs for us and even their disguises go limp as a fire tumbling down a hillside into the playfulness in my heart, acres and acres of a lean, almost spiritual vibe afraid of  its own momentum and then not afraid again

Source: Poetry (November 2013).

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This poem originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

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 Harmony  Holiday

Biography

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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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Social Commentaries, Cities & Urban Life, Class

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Prose Poem

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