Wanda Coleman

(1946 - 2013)

Wanda Coleman Poems

1. The Saturday Afternoon Blues 2/17/2016
2. A Stonehold 11/26/2013
3. American Sonnet (35) 1/20/2003
4. Mastectomy 1/20/2003
5. In That Other Fantasy Where We Live Forever 1/20/2003
6. Bedtime Story 1/20/2003
7. American Sonnet (10) 1/20/2003

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American Sonnet (10)

after Lowell


our mothers wrung hell and hardtack from row
and boll. fenced others'
gardens with bones of lovers. embarking
from Africa in chains
reluctant pilgrims stolen by Jehovah's light
planted here the bitter
seed of blight and here eternal torches mark
the shame of Moloch's mansions
built in slavery's name. our hungered eyes
do see/refuse the dark
illuminate the blood-soaked steps of each
historic gain. a yearning
yearning to avenge the raping of the womb
from which we spring

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