Tate, Marvin 1999

she wants to reclaim her body
change it back to its original shape
like when she danced, you know she use
to dance, in the middle of a drum circle

– Marvin Tate, “Blue eggs for a blue poet”

Broadside of "Blue eggs for a blue poet" by Marvin Tate

Broadside of “Blue eggs for a blue poet” by Marvin Tate

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I am the dark and ominous tower
your greenless, infertile backyard
the unsightly vista that you view
each morning, from your high rise
curtainless, kitchenette windows.

– Marvin Tate, “A Bruised Mood Over the Cabrini Green Projects”

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