MAPPING THE CITY: DC Places, Part
SEE IT, SAY IT
I press my ear to the ringing
Pledge to hear the whistle weep for my inconvenient
allegiance to the transit regime, uniformed in blue
to soothe our orange anxieties and vinyl seats.
The federal employees sit quietly, their ID tags
flag passage through white marble. Catalogues
of Boeing aircrafts in their laps, they bargain hunt.
The tracks are charged with electricity, highbred.
United, I board with: a backpack, grocery bag, any…
States of confusion keep foggy minds moving; proof
of the dynamite already in place. We wait. Kindly ask,
America, is that your bag?
is an ex-cheerleader from Central New Jersey. The daughter of a car
salesman and stenographer, she values persuasion, shorthand, humor,
and shiny things. Since 2008, she has served as president of the Board
of Instigators for the DC women's spoken word organization mothertongue.
With Regie Cabico, she is the co-host of Sparkle: a queer-driven reading
series for all, at Busboys & Poets. Her work has been featured at
Sunday Kind of Love, Queering Sound, Cheryl's Gone, Capital Pride, and
Come Hear! in New York City. Her poems have appeared in Blue Collar
Review, Objet d'Art, Xenith and DCist.
In 2010, Evennou was the recipient of a Young Artist Grant from the
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the winner of the 27th
Annual Larry Neal Writer's Award in poetry. Her first chapbook, Queen
of Tuesday, was published earlier this year.
in Volume 11, Number 4, Fall 2010.
read more by this author:
Danielle Evennou on
Kay Ryan: US Poets Laureate Issue
Evennou on mothertongue: Literary Organizations Issue