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Virginia, United States
Latorial Faison was born in April 1973 and raised in Southampton County, VA. She’s authored and edited a total of 14 books to include poetry and anthologies for young readers. Her titles include Mother to Son, Love Poems, the 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History series, 100 Poems You Can Write, Secrets of My Soul, Immaculate Perceptions, a children's book, Kendall's Golf Lesson, and two junior writing anthologies. Faison attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and completed graduate studies in English at VA TECH. Her writing has been selected for publication in Prairie Schooner, About Place Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Mandala Journal, Southern Women's Review, Deep South Magazine, The Chattahoochee Review, Obsidian, Chickenbones, Typehouse Literary Magazine, and other publications and anthologies. A 2019 Furious Flower Poetry Center fellow, Faison is a recipient of the 2018 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Prize. Her writing has been published alongside Iyanla Vanzant, Danny Glover, and Dr. Cornel West in the NAACP Image Award winning book Keeping the Faith. Faison teaches at Virginia State University. Visit her official website at www.latorialfaison.com.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Daddy's English



A man of few words 
famous for calling women 
their husbands' names or nicknames 
Mrs. Cat or Mrs. Charlie

He'd call you cracker jack  
if you couldn’t be still
shot for trying to be somebody you were not
pistol if he thought you were mean as shit 

He might even call you TharlJespa, or Ettie
girl-child if you were a boy 
primping in a mirror too long


Copyrighted Feb. 2014 Latorial Faison


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This takes my heart home! Thanks!!!