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kudzo voodoo

a jamaican is racing huskies across
the hardpack in anvik
spring in the delta
and everywhere the scent
of candied apple southern magnolia
i pay a white man five dollars
to sing me the blues

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hello, portland! it’s good to be home.

i’ve arrived at my return destination: stumptown! thank goodness for the most stimulating conversation i’ve had in years on a plane with two folks originally from the midwest & east coast but who’ve called pdx home for the last 20+ yrs. we talked art & lit & music & food & yes, mississippi came up more than its fair share & always fondly :)

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in case of emergency.
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JAN ——> PDX.

(i’m sure going to miss you, mississippi).

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choctaw.
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POETRY.

rad spoils from choctaw books: a stack of poetry foundation journals dating 1976-1999, including one from my birth year (77), one from the year i graduated from linfield (99), and four that feature poems by pacific mfa faculty (alcosser, st. john, kuusisto)! read the issue from 1977 during takeoff, someplace high above the southern united states… and let me tell you, i was meant to find it (or maybe it, me?). the poems contain too many parallels to my life & recent events & people i know & love for it to be passed off as mere coincidence. totally amazing. and just look at those covers! #todiefor

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spoils.
POETRY. rad spoils from choctaw books: a stack of poetry foundation journals dating 1976-1999, including one from my birth year (77), one from the year i graduated from linfield (99), and four that feature poems by pacific mfa faculty (alcosser, st. john, kuusisto)! read the issue from 1977 during takeoff, someplace high above the southern united states… and let me tell you, i was meant to find it (or maybe it, me?). the poems contain too many parallels to my life & recent events & people i know & love for it to be passed off as mere coincidence. totally amazing. and just look at those covers! #todiefor
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choctaw books: (belhaven heights)

a jackson must. owner fred c. smith has been collecting books in this tiny building since 1982. & believe me, there ain’t nothing you can’t find. rare books sit side-by-side with the dusty old commonplace volumes & magazines & kids books in walkways, on shelves, even on the floor. it’s a gem you can’t visit & leave empty handed. thankful i made it there before a very long day of travels.