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LANGSTON HUGHES TRIBUTE ISSUE

Kyle G. Dargan

 

OOTH JAZZ

A good song can enter
church sweaty
—sea-skinned—
can wake Sunday
morning still swollen
from having been sliced
in the wee hours
by a blade dipped
in curiosity, the notes
replicating like antibodies.

A good song can croon
god being that same love
whollified by two. It moans
for salvation's on-time arrival
and awaits the organ's throat singing
with penitence. A good song
is song, neither father nor son
nor mother. It is the Rubik's
of a zygote turning-turning,
straining to decide
which of its faces will be blue.

 

 

Kyle G. Dargan is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Wriing at American University and the founding editor of Post No Ills. His poetry collections include The Listening, Bouquet of Hungers, and Logorrhea Dementia. His nonfiction has appeared in The Star-Ledger and The Root. His work has been awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and he was named one of Washingtonian Magazine's "Forty Under Forty: Young Washingtonians to Watch." Dargan serves on the advisory committees of Split This Rock Poetry Festival, The American Poetry Museum, and Torch.

 

Published in Volume 12, Number 1, Winter 2011.

 

To read more by this author:
Kyle Dargan: Wartime Issue
Kyle Dargan
Kyle Dargan: Museum Issue