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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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I'm Just Looking for a Good Poem

by Latorial Faison

I'm just looking for a good poem
something to get me through more than just the night
something to have, to hold, till death do us part

I'm looking for the right poem
a poem that works, gives more than it takes
a poem that cooks and cherishes the love it makes

I'm looking for a poem with good sense
a poem that looks good, feels good, is good to me, is good for me
a poem that's mine
a poem populating space with all the right words
a poem that speaks, makes powerful statements
one that stands up and stands out

I'm just looking for a good poem
a poem that makes minds read it and think
about poems that are not poems
about poems that long to be
words that do and don't come together
for the sanctity, for the ebb and flow
for a good poem, I'm just looking


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