Danner, Atena O. 2023

Monday, August 21, 2023
Poetry @ the Green with Atena O. Danner
320 S. Canal


I didn’t come here to tell you I love my kids.
I came here to suck and spit venom.
Have you ever looked down to see an arrow of your own making
sticking out of your chest? That’s the job.

– Atena O. Danner, “Convergence”

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My grandmother was so tired
that my mother was born tired.
My Mama’s so tired
that I’m tired right now. And I see
my children getting tired,
so it’s time to put this to bed.

– Atena O. Danner, “Generational Wealth”

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