May, Jamaal 2022

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Blue Hour Reading Series with Jamaal May and Ola Faleti


There are birds here,
so many birds here
is what I was trying to say
when they said those birds were metaphors
for what is trapped
between buildings
and buildings. No.

– Jamaal May, “There Are Birds Here”

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Watch Jamaal May perform his poem “Sky Now Black With Birds”:

A lot of it lives in the trachea, you know.
But not so much that you won’t need more muscle:
the diaphragm, a fist clenching at the bottom.
Inhale. So many of us are breathless,
you know, like me
kneeling to collect the pottery shards
of a house plant my elbow has nudged
into oblivion.

– Jamaal May, “Respiration”

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Watch Jamaal May talk about his poetry collection The Big Book of Exit Strategies

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