Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Algebra" (poem)

Corn signifies joy.
A lover's mouth represents
all the acts of confidence.
Hair is foreign and astounding.
Humanity itself is as unlikely
as its ideas.
Tonight I told myself,
"Allow yourself to be astonished.
Let corn, for instance, equal joy."

hans ostrom 1975/2014
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