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Virginia, United States
Latorial Faison was born on April 14, 1973 and raised in Southampton County, VA, . She has authored 11 books, including Mother to Son, Love Poems, the 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History series, and children's book, Kendall's Golf Lesson. Faison attended UVA in Charlottesville and completed graduate studies in English Literature at VA TECH. Her writing has appeared in About Place Journal, Poetry Quarterly, Southern Women's Review, Deep South Magazine, Obsidian III, Blackberry, Chickenbones, Kalyani, and The Chattahoochee Review. Faison was a finalist for the 2018 Furious Flower Poetry Prize judged by Poet Marilyn Nelson. 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 has been published in BET's Digital Drum, Electronic Corpse: poems from a digital salon, The Poetry Society of Virginia's 80th Anniversary Anthology, and the University of Toledo's "Poems for Peace" project. Faison is currently on the faculty at Virginia State University where she teaches writing and literature.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Good Father is Never Dead



A good father is never dead,
gone with yesterday, forgotten,
erased from mind & memory.

He lives on. He lives long, present
& alive in words that survive,
wisdom that has made time stand still.

He reaches from glory with strong
hands lifting up toward sky through
whatever chaos comes bearing
witness, whatever confusion
compiled, whatever confessions
come to light each pathway gone dim.


Copyrighted June 14, 2014 Latorial D. W. Faison

1 comment:

William Anthony Pritchett said...

This is very poignant, and replete with healing that so many so desperately need. Thank you so much for the heart and creativity you put into this piece.

-- Bill Pritchett