thomas sayer

Thomas Sayers Ellis: “In 2005 I commissioned artist/poet, poet/artist Krista Franklin to make a few writing books, a total of 4, for me to give to friends as gifts. I kept one, the one with Shirley Chisholm on the cover. It also features a spine of Wilma Rudolph postage stamps and a few Langston Hughes and Marian Anderson stamps on the back. I haven’t written in it yet, but it’s Heroes time!”

All their fences
     All their prisons
All their exercises
     All their agendas
All their stanzas look alike
     All their metaphors
All their bookstores
     All their plantations
All their assassinations
     All their stanzas look alike
All their rejection letters
     All their letters to the editor
All their arts and letters
     All their letters of recommendation
All their stanzas look alike
     All their sexy coverage
All their literary journals
     All their car commercials
All their bribe-spiked blurbs
     All their stanzas look alike
All their favorite writers
     All their writing programs
All their visiting writers
     All their writers-in-residence
All their stanzas look alike
     All their third worlds
All their world series
     All their serial killers
All their killing fields
     All their stanzas look alike
All their state grants
     All their tenure tracks
All their artist colonies
     All their core faculties
All their stanzas look alike
     All their Selected Collecteds
All their Oxford Nortons
     All their Academy Societies
All their Oprah Vendlers
     All their stanzas look alike
All their haloed holocausts
     All their coy hetero couplets
All their hollow haloed causes
      All their tone-deaf tercets
All their stanzas look alike
      All their tables of contents
All their Poet Laureates
      All their Ku Klux classics
All their Supreme Court justices
      Except one, except one
Exceptional one. Exceptional or not,
      One is not enough.
All their stanzas look alike.
      Even this, after publication,
Might look alike. Disproves
      My stereo types.

All Their Stanzas Look Alike by Thomas Sayers Ellis

switchnow  asked:

13. things you said at the kitchen table or 23. things you said [make your own] for the ship fic ask meme!

13. things you said at the kitchen table

you keep your chemistry things in a box under the sink,
my room,
a spotted bee

i’m looking through the window to the sight of you
passing me the pasta three years ago and i’m complaining about the state of the living room
you tell me how you singed your fingers
burnt hair
milk in the sink

you don’t know me anymore
you fold napkins

you weren’t saying it because i wasn’t saying it
but now, (through the window)

our wings don’t work and we
can’t say anything at all