What Went Wrong: The Creation and Collapse of the Black-Jewish Alliance. By Murray Friedman, with the assistance of Peter Binzen. Free Press. $24.95.
There is little argument that since the founding of the National Association of Colored People in 1 [...]
Halo is there to protect them—the saints—
whose names were nailed onto the world
like so many coat hooks.
In the first grade coat room,
I threw my coat on the floor. A tangerine
in my hand, my books balanced on my head,
I walked backwards [...]
Death is the opposite
sex. Listen to it.
Bells have been rung
in the tower for years,
a clangor meant to stun
the angel I slept by.
I wanted to believe
it was a casual gesture
to fling my leg
so easily over its waist.
The angel wa [...]
Heaven fills its choirs death by death.
Our rim of dawn is their upturned bowl
filled with the hunger of birds.
Lifted, the fingertips match left to right,
a hinge from which the palms fold down,
to imprison song—as if it really were a bird, [...]