|Sonia Sanchez, February 2000|
April 4 was Quraysh Ali Lansana who read recently in the Frequency North series at the College of St. Rose. I read his They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems. But due to traveling on April 4 I actually finished his book on April 5, when I turned to Dorothea Tanning, & her book Coming to That: Poems (2011). I didn't know about her poems until I read her recent obituary. Check out her paintings & soft sculpture at her website. So she got a day & a half. April 7 is devoted to ee cummings, reading the late Ted Adams' old hardbound copy of 1x1.
Here's the poem:
I am walking downtown in a hoody
a beret, a leather jacket, not
a fashion statement, just practical.
I need to check my Mega Millions ticket
buy this week’s lottery, continue dreaming.
A woman at the bus stop is wearing
a fur coat, variegated white, tan
brown ripples in the breeze
this is real – she looks at me, but
I am walking in the opposite direction.
& find a watch in the middle of the
sidewalk, rectangle face, jewel bracelet
I hope no one will step on it, that
whatever this wrist it fell from
will come back, retrace her steps, say
“here it is,”
& the fur coat will arrive home.