So honored & thrilled that a poem of mine was selected for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017!! This is especially exciting, knowing that it was a committee of dedicated high school students—working with series editor Daniel Gumbiner and this year’s guest editor Sarah Vowell—that made the selections. Thank you for believing that my work should be “nonrequired reading.”
What a beautiful thing: reading not for an assignment or to fulfill anything but your own desire to experience delight and to inhabit a different way of seeing. Thanks also to Vowell for the special mention at the end of her introduction! I’m blown away to find myself in the company of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Teju Cole, Kima Jones, my former teacher George Saunders, & others. And thanks to Alex Dimitrov who first published this poem in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series.