Pamela Mordecai has published eight collections of poetry, five children’s books, a novel, and a collection of short fiction. A selection of her poems, A Fierce Green Place, is out this month from New Directions.
all like me not writing back to nobody. Pa say anybody,
no mind who, address you with less than respect, you not
to privilege with neither attention nor reply. same like I
not speaking for those who have no voice. is not suppose we
suppose to be telling story from God make Adam ...
Maybe it come in the blood.
Poet child or Eastern labourer
in me love magic names
appellations to start spirits
abracadabras open sesames.
I know I know this Shakuntala.
But is wait I wait till
memory serve her genius up
conjurer with numbers