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Poetry

Woke

 

Dipped drinking gourd into my well of memory.

Gathered poems from the eons, Phillis Wheatley to Margaret Walker.

For analysis. As mentor texts.

Found myself sitting alone in our virtual classes.

 

Gathered poems from the eons, Phillis Wheatley to Margaret Walker.

Found myself sitting alone in our virtual classes.

Why did I bother writing academically rigorous, culturally relevant curricula?

Then, day by day, the slow trickle of analysis, original poem-songs.

 

Why did I bother writing academically rigorous, culturally relevant curriculum?

“Would you like your poems included in an anthology?” I wrote.

Then, day by day, the slow trickle of analysis, original poem-songs.

“I’d love to get my poetry published”, one student exclaimed through email.

 

Gathered poems from eons, Phillis Wheatley to Margaret Walker.

Found myself sitting alone in our virtual classes.

“Would you like your poems included in an anthology?” I wrote.

This all from dipping drinking gourd into my well of memory.

 

By Carla Cherry

Carla M. Cherry is a high school English teacher. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Anderbo, Eunoia Review, Dissident Voice, Random Sample Review, MemoryHouse, Bop Dead City, and Anti-Heroin Chic. She has published four books of poetry through Wasteland Press: Gnat Feathers and Butterfly Wings, Thirty Dollars and a Bowl of Soup, Honeysuckle Me, and These Pearls Are Real. Her fifth book, Stardust and Skin, was published by iiPublishing. She is an M.F.A. candidate in Creative Writing at the City College of New York.