National Poetry Month Day 6: Wendy Chin-Tanner



Sculpture by Kehinde Wiley, 2013

busted all

shoulder neck

and jaw head


erect gaze

to the right

to distance


wileybronzebusthe wears a

tunic like

a Roman



he wears an

afro like


J.J. from

Good Times his

afro wears


a comb way

in the back


–Wendy Chin-Tanner


Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collection Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and co-author of the graphic novel American Terrorist (A Wave Blue World, 2012). Her work can be found at The Rumpus, The Collagist, Vinyl Poetry, RHINO Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Ampersand Review, The Margins, The Mays Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge, and elsewhere. She is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal and poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown.

Editor’s Note: the poems which was in this post earlier today was originally published as part of this project two years ago. The current poem is the one that was supposed to run today. I apologize for the error.

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