Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes Poems

1. Tornado Child 2/23/2016
2. Coffee Break 1/20/2018
3. Horns 1/20/2018
4. Dirt 1/20/2018
5. African Postman 1/20/2018
6. Land Ho 1/20/2018
7. The Glory Has Left the Temple 1/20/2018
8. A Way of Seeing 1/20/2018
9. Caution 1/20/2018
10. Trickster III 1/20/2018
11. Shook Foil 1/20/2018
12. Requiem 1/20/2018
13. Seer 1/20/2018
14. Alado Seanadra 1/20/2018
15. Steel 1/20/2018
16. Talk 1/20/2018
17. DEATH: BARON SAMEDI 1/20/2018
19. FROM ‘INHERITANCE' 1/20/2018
20. FROM ‘INHERITANCE' 1/20/2018
21. AFRICAN POSTMAN 1/20/2018
22. Marked 1/20/2018
23. Ezekiel, Chapter Twenty-five 1/20/2018
24. Faith 1/20/2018
25. Elegy for Herouy 1/20/2018
26. Talk 6/17/2015

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For August Wilson

No one quarrels here, no one has learned
the yell of discontent—instead, here in Sumter
we learn to grow silent, build a stone
of resolve, learn to nod, learn to close
in the flame of shame and anger
in our hearts, learn to petrify it so,
and the more we quiet our ire,
the heavier the stone; this alchemy
of concrete in the vein, the sludge
of affront, until even that will calcify
and the heart, at last, will stop,
unassailable, unmovable, adamant.

Find me a man who will stand
on a blasted hill and shout,
find me...

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In every crowd, there is the one
with horns, casually moving through
the bodies as if this is the living

room of a creature with horns,
a long cloak and the song of tongues
on the lips of the body. To see

the horns, one's heart rate must

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