I am from Logan Squarein Illinois there are tornadoesIn Chicago the city breathes too hardwe make our own disastersIf anything thoughI am from the backseat of a Megabusnatural born asteriskevery claim is hesitantif the bricks cannot remember your faceI am from somewherethat is not my somewhere anymore
If I know anything it is thisany good survivaltries not to be anywhere twiceI can only sleep on busesin shoes I can run away inso I may never be from anywhere againThe low hum of nowhereconstant as I ride pasta road so greenit might convince youthe world is not dying [End Page 104]
JULIAN RANDALL, a queer black poet from Chicago who received a Pushcart Prize, has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT, and the Watering Hole. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as New York Times Magazine, The Georgia Review, and Sixth Finch, as well as such anthologies as Portrait in Blues, Nepantla, and New Poetry from the Midwest. He is a candidate for the MFA in poetry at Ole Miss and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. His first book, Refuse, is the winner of the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry prize and will be published by University of Pittsburgh Press in fall 2018.