Essex Hemphill

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American Wedding

In america,
I place my ring
on your cock
where it belongs.
No horsemen

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Essex Hemphill Biography

A poet and performer known for his political edge, Essex Hemphill openly addressed race, identity, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and the family in his work, voicing issues central to the African American gay community. His first collections of poems were the self-published chapbooks Earth Life (1985) and Conditions (1986). His first full-length collection, ...

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