- Latorial Faison
- 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.
Friday, April 22, 2016
For All Your Blues
You have gone, vocally reached
Past it, songs of seduction
Yonder in the night. The light,
It has come & granted you
Royalty for all your blues.
Robed in rhythmical genius,
You gave new life & you breathed
New life. While we marvel at
The gift, there in the distance
You stand strikingly strumming,
Singing like angels, preaching
like Rock & Roll's Paul. We grieve
The day you flew away, a
Dove whistling battle cries.
Copyrighted April 22, 2016 by Latorial D. Faison