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Black Ecstatic Ode

Praise to the father holding his sleeping daughter on the 52nd
Street trolley
To the daughter sleeping through the pothole thrum
Praise to the diabetic with shorn feet and sugarcane blood
To the shooting nerve through the left hip and lower spine
To those flying gods on their routes
Praise to the red-headed Rasta and his ganja-laced T-shirt
To the Vietnam vet at Cass Corridor holding his sign
To the sign which reads: “I’m not homeless, I’m just Black”
Praise to the barbers trying to calm the fatherless boys in their chairs
To the mothers trying not to overhear this soothing
To soothing

MQR Issue 58:3, Summer 2019

Our Summer 2019 Issue is here!  Featuring Essays by Lisa Gruenberg, Ruth Hoberman, Susan Fox Rogers, Jillian Weiss, Daniel Vollaro Fiction by Sarah Kokernot, James Leaf, Kirsten Sundberg Lustrum, Mi-Kyung Shin, Ashley Wurzbacher Poetry by William Brewer, Fleda Brown, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Agustín Lucas, Alain Mabanckou, Circe Maia, Airea D. Matthews,