LANGSTON HUGHES TRIBUTE ISSUE
Kyle G. Dargan
A good song can enter
can wake Sunday
morning still swollen
from having been sliced
in the wee hours
by a blade dipped
in curiosity, the notes
replicating like antibodies.
A good song can croon
god being that same love
whollified by two. It moans
for salvation's on-time arrival
and awaits the organ's throat singing
with penitence. A good song
is song, neither father nor son
nor mother. It is the Rubik's
of a zygote turning-turning,
straining to decide
which of its faces will be blue.
Kyle G. Dargan is an
Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Wriing at American University
and the founding editor of Post No Ills. His poetry collections
include The Listening, Bouquet of Hungers, and Logorrhea
Dementia. His nonfiction has appeared in The Star-Ledger and
The Root. His work has been awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize
and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and he was named one of Washingtonian
Magazine's "Forty Under Forty: Young Washingtonians to Watch."
Dargan serves on the advisory committees of Split This Rock Poetry Festival,
The American Poetry Museum, and Torch.
in Volume 12, Number 1, Winter 2011.
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