from Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus
[AT THE SCHOOL DANCES WHITE AND BLACK GIRLS SHOOK ON THE FLOOR.]
- At the school dances, black and white girls shook on the ﬂoor.
- A crowd of trees formed around them. There was a countdown
- to the day when everyone would be shot. The administration said
- it was all right not to go to school that day so everyone hung
- out with friends. I talked to Sam about it. He thought we
- should’ve been there with the lockers, the classrooms, the desks,
- in the thick of it. With the guns and the youth, even if they were just ideas––
- not a present body, not to-day—in the tick of things. It wasn’t my day.
- I am speaking to you plainly now. Not from beyond the grave.
ANAÏS DUPLAN was born in Jacmel, Haiti. She earned her B.A. from Bennington College and her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of a full-length collection of poems, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press) and a forthcoming chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press). She is the founding curator at the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for new media artists of color in Iowa City.