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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, November 15, 2014

Unpacking It

by Latorial Faison


Moving in my forties
like having to extract
my own teeth with pliers

Look at all the boxes
staring up & down at
the me that used to be
young, strong, interested

How many states have I
loved & left wondering
what beautiful ugly
packing & dragging these
memories through thin air
those people I love/hate

No one to call on but
our last names & blood ties
& nineteen years that passed
without unpacking it
this box of wedding gifts



©  2014 Latorial D. W. Faison
www.latorialfaison.com

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