National Poetry Month Day 33: “______________________ studio practice with italicized Michael Ondaatje quote” by Khadijah Queen


30 days hath Septemnber, April June and November, but National Poetry Month hath as many days as we want it to hath.

______________________ studio practice with italicized Michael Ondaatje quote

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Playing alone, the artist’s child says,

“You have snappy eyes” & at that moment

she notices her placemats: round

bamboo eyes on the stone table. Crumbs stick

in the swirls her son is sometimes mesmerized by,

like she was by the pinwheel of hair

at the center of his brown head,

black and soft as when he was born,

squalling, damp, rooting for milk. An art object

does not always do as much, as universality

(the myth) crows on old street corners

she could not have stood on untouched

in previous centuries, or now, no matter how she dresses

the natural critic, although she has ensconced herself

into a possessive luxury of mind. She buys little

but books, therefore, in the same way

assassins come to chaos neutral

-Khadijah Queen

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Khadijah Queen holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is the author of two poetry collections: Conduit (Black Goat/Akashic 2008), and Black Peculiar, which won the 2010 Noemi Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the Switchback Books Gatewood Prize.

Original poetry published by The Rumpus. More from this author →