Roger Bonair-Agard


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A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Roger Bonair-Agard is a poet and performance artist who lives in Chicago. He has made numerous television and radio appearances, has led countless workshops and lectures, and has performed his poetry at many US universities as well as at international festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Milan, and Jamaica.
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Because I Cannot Remember My First Kiss

but I remember sitting alone on the brown
couch in my grandmother's living room,
couch whose cushion covers were of velvet
and the color of dark rust, or dried blood
—and sewn by the tailor from up the block,
the same one who made me my first light blue
suit two years earlier
And I sat there running my hands back
and forth
over the short smooth hairs of the fabric
and understanding what touch meant
for the first time—not touch, the word,
as in don't touch the hot stove or don't
touch your grandfather's hats but touch
like ...

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