Stephanie Strickland

from Huracan’s Harp



Birgitta the Healer

and Graugans the gray lag goose Anser

anser and Babalou

Bab-ilu gate of God

and the man who listened all the time

Nijinski (Vaslav) and

orisha Oya with that bit of buffalo

on her shin yet

and Simone who did “Fall, gall . . .

and gash gold-vermilion” as Father

Hopkins saw

and Mister Rogers quiet

butt of slurs who knew childhood grit

broadcast engineering nit

pick knew the only neighborhood we’d

know was mediated magic

knew how knew

why we had to be inside it



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