Major Jackson

(1968 / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania))

Major Jackson Poems

1. Letter to Brooks: Spring Garden 9/8/2016
2. Mighty Pawns 9/8/2016
3. On Disappearing 9/8/2016
4. On Removing the Wedding Band 9/8/2016
5. Superfluities 9/8/2016
6. Tremble 9/8/2016
7. Urban Renewal XVIII. 9/8/2016
8. Urban Renewal XXII Spain 9/8/2016
9. Spain 9/8/2016
10. Designer Kisses 9/8/2016
11. Letter to Brooks [Spring Garden] 9/8/2016
12. How to Listen 9/8/2016
13. Indian Song 9/8/2016
Best Poem of Major Jackson

Mighty Pawns

If I told you Earl, the toughest kid
on my block in North Philadelphia,
bow-legged and ominous, could beat
any man or woman in ten moves playing white,
or that he traveled to Yugoslavia to frustrate the bearded
masters at the Belgrade Chess Association,
you'd think I was given to hyperbole,
and if, at dinnertime, I took you
into the faint light of his Section 8 home
reeking of onions, liver, and gravy,
his six little brothers fighting on a broken love-seat
for room in front of a cracked flat-screen,
one whose diaper sags it's a wonder
it hasn't fallen to ...

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