NS: I would direct readers to Claude McKay’s “If We Must Die.” The poem speaks to our struggle as well as our strength.
which I fear many believe is, and Scientists say the average humanlife gets three months longer every year.By this math, death will be optional. Even the gods misread the windflower’s nod toward sunlight as consent to consume. Nicole Sealey: And one day I will wake up and no longer be here. Copyright © 2017 by Nicole Sealey.
She has received fellowships and awards from CantoMundo, the Cave Canem Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Elizabeth George Foundation, among others. to free his father pinned underneath,
It is rumored gods grow where the blood of a hanged man drips. Nicole Sealey: I’m suspicious of all things and all experiences. There’s far less betweenourselves and oblivion—skin that often defeatsits very purpose. These poems are of the body, toward body positivity.
But, at the same time, that word notwithstanding is important because it allows you to back off a little bit or, or to resist. She is the Executive Director at the Cave Canem Foundation, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Still, you’d rather live among the clear, cloudless white, enjoying what is left of their ambrosia. This week we spoke with Nicole Sealey about her poem “And.”. Pray the gods do not misquote your covetous pulse for chaos, the black from which they were conceived.
I really like that the poem begins with that word withstand—all of these endless ands and in the end we end up at wonderland, which seems like a sort of expansive place to end; that the bystander gets to wander in this endless world as long as they can withstand all the terrible things that come first. I’ve been pregnant. You hear the high-pitched yowls of strays. Even the gods misuse the unfolding blue. Arrest the cops who killed Breonna.
The gods abuse your grace. Everything is both true and untrue at once. with her bare hands until someone, I can’t sleep. It’s not a symbol of anything, but it’s an indicator of something. Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast (Ecco Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the PEN Open Book and Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards. Poets.org: Who are you reading right now? commanding candlelight. Even the eyes of gods must adjust to light. It’s a whole ‘nother life after this and so I think the poem is suspicious as well, as suspicious as I am. Jenny Johnson invokes the desired self-image, Nicole Sealey candidly shares details of one’s bodily experience relevant to medical professionals, and sam sax celebrates a butt plug, whereas Rachel McKibbens explores an early sexual experience. Who brings cake to whom? And the title "And" and the idea of conjoining things is directly connected with the way the poem works with its amazing rhymes, just kind of contiguous sounds like and and pandemonium and scandalous and nightstands and quicksand and so on. Don Share: Sealey spoke to us from Italy where she’s living as a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Don Share: Sealey spoke to us from Italy where she’s living as a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. My mother askswhether I’d want to live forever.“I’d get bored,” I tell her. Bone of their bone. NS: My attention is on craft classes I’ll be teaching this fall. The editors discuss Nicole Sealey’s poem “And” from the March 2020 issue of Poetry.
NS: I’m reading Ama Codjoe’s Blood of the Air, Amaud Jamaul Johnson’s Imperial Liquor, Taylor Johnson’s Inheritance, John Murillo’s Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, Xandria Phillips’s Hull, among others.
And the end is what brings us all these oleanders and dandelions and sandalwood, all these sort of natural words instead of, you know, handcuffs and standstills and chandeliers, all this manmade sort of chaos at the beginning. possess to survive our very existence, We’re including more and more into this poem, but like you were saying, the sort of internal rhymes and end rhymes are sort of mixed together and are so relentless that you feel surrounded by this word in a way. my thoughts turn to black people— Withstand pandemonium. A Violence by Nicole Sealey. I’m Lindsay Garbutt. Don Share: This is the Poetry magazine podcast. Visit poetrymagazine.org/podcast offer to subscribe. She received an MFA from New York University and an MLA in Africana studies from the University of South Florida. Originally published in Callaloo. Nicole Sealey's collection "Ordinary Beast: Poems" is a rich, soulful work that pushes the limits of vulnerability through a willingness to instantly become intimate with the reader. There is no reality that is the reality. Don Share: The Poetry magazine podcast is recorded by Ed Hermann and produced by Rachel James. Not today.I won’t bore you with my biography—just a few highlights from my résumé.I don’t aspire; I’m whom one aspires to.The most frequently asked question isn’tWWJD? Don Share: This is the Poetry magazine podcast. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and the recipient of a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant.
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