Tyehimba Jess

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Tyehimba Jess (born Detroit) is an American poet.

He graduated from the University of Chicago, and New York University, with an MFA. He teaches poetry and fiction at CUNY College of Staten Island and is the faculty adviser for Caesura, the university's literary arts magazine.

His work appeared in Soul Fires: Young Black Men on Love and Violen ...

Popular Poems
Hagar In The Wilderness

My God is the living God,
God of the impertinent exile.
An outcast who carved me
into an outcast carved

Alabaster Hands

Let me tell you how
white hands kilned me
in the moonless middle

Indian Combat

We three warriors
were called forth
to be, forever, enemies.

Blind Boone's Vision

When I got old enough
I asked my mother,
to her surprise,

Freedsong: Dream Song

Our Box Henry hid away.
John Berryman's Ol' Henry sulked.
I see his point—he was trying to put one over.


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