Elizabeth Alexander

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Elizabeth Alexander (born May 30, 1962)is an American poet, essayist, playwright, and a university professor.
Elizabeth Alexander was born in 1962 in Harlem, New York, and grew up in Washington, D.C. She received a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. from Boston University (where she studied with Derek Walcott), and a Ph.D. in English from the Univ ...

Elizabeth Alexander Poems

1.
Blues

I am lazy, the laziest
girl in the world. I sleep during
the day when I want to, 'til
my face is creased and swollen,
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2.
Vernal Observations

The forsythia cascades quiver
No breeze blowing any where else?
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3.
Haircut

I get off the IRT in front of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture after riding an early
Amtrak from Philly to get a hair cut at what used to be the Harlem "Y" barbershop. It gets me in at ten to
ten. Waiting, I eat fish cakes at the Pam Pam and listen to the ladies call out orders: bacon-biscuit twice,
scrambled scrambled fried, over easy, grits, country sausage on the side. Hugh is late. He shampoos me,
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4.
Butter

My mother loves butter more than I do,
more than anyone. She pulls chunks off
the stick and eats it plain, explaining
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5.
Praise Song For The Day

Each day we go about our business,
walking past each other, catching each other's
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Elizabeth Alexander Comments

Brooklyn Parker 10 July 2018

Whoever made this website forgot to add Tending to the list of poems.

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Sandra Dunn 06 June 2016

I saw you on Democracy Now. I love your poem honoring Mohammad Ali.

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