By Kevin Simmonds
Nature poet handling his plume
Urban poet his switchblade
Each with wings unfolding in their hands
One travels the boned corset of cactus
sky lifting its hoop skirt to a meringue of stars
The other eulogizes children fallen from loveliness filed
Both behold faces turning to see
and be seen
They scatter the broken mirror everywhere
Kevin Simmonds is a musician, filmmaker and writer originally from New Orleans.
His books include the poetry collections Bend to it and Mad for Meat (Salmon Poetry, 2014 & 2011) and two edited works, Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof (University of South Carolina Press, 2012), the final work of the late writer Carrie Allen McCray, and the poetry anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011).
Read more about this multi-artist in his homepage. // Thanks for the poem, Kevin Simmonds!