Massachusetts is one of four states that observe Patriots’ Day (or Patriot’s Day if you live in Maine) commemorating the Battles of Lexington & Concord. This state holiday is also known as Marathon Monday when runners wind their way through 26.2 miles of Massachusetts from Hopkinton to Boston. Now that I live Brookline, it’s a 3-minute walk from my apartment to Mile Marker 23 on the marathon route. Even with miserable weather, I felt it was my civic duty to cheer the runners on.
This week, I decided to be more deliberate in the poems I chose to post, all Black women poets, most with a Cave Canem connection.
Day 16: Object Permanence by Nicole Sealey
Day 17: When Your Small Form Tumbled Into Me by Tracy K. Smith
Day 18: Incident by Natasha Trethewey
Day 19: Summer by Robin Coste Lewis
Day 20: Given to Rust by Vievee Francis
Day 21: Hash Marks by Nikki Finney
Day 22: To Be In Love by Gwendolyn Brooks
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