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Callaloo 24.4 (2001) 1215

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Kevin Young

Lady, you are my Mobile,
Alabama--lowdown & too hot
for human habitat--
you are good
to be a long
ways away from--
Sure, I never been there
but I hears
things, the damndest
some powder road leads
away & never
looks back--I thank
the stars' luck
& think of you
as Exodus, a Migration
Great--I'd rather
work, I would, sleep standing up
than wake with my head
cradled by your hips
in a town chock full of fools
who own
only their shoes--
than be buried behind
some stubborn
mule called morning

Copyright © 2001 by Kevin Young.

Kevin Young is Ruth Lilly Professor of Poetry at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of To Repel Ghosts (2001) and Most Way Home (1995), selected by Lucille Clifton as part of the National Poetry Series and winner of the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize from Ploughshares.



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