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10th anniversary


Gowri Koneswaran


after "Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes

What happens to a reverie revealed?
Does it bloom
From first sprout
Or give way
To others’ doubts?
Does it tap dance metronomic beats
Or lie prostrate
In defeat?
Maybe it writes the blues
I hear you sing.
Or does it sail the sky
On a wing?


Gowri Koneswaran has performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Her poetry has appeared in Bourgeon and she released her first chapbook, Still Beating, in 2010. She hosts “Poetry in the Morning” and "Poet-Tree in Bloom" at BloomBars community arts space in Columbia Heights and was a member of the 2010 DC Southern Fried Slam team.


Published in Volume 12, Number 1, Winter 2011.

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