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Virginia, United States
Latorial Faison was born & raised in Courtland, VA. She’s authored & edited 14 books. Her titles include Mother to Son, Love Poems, 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History, Volumes 1-3, 100 Poems You Can Write, Secrets of My Soul, Immaculate Perceptions, Kendall's Golf Lesson & two junior writing anthologies. Faison attended UVA & completed graduate studies at VA TECH; she's a doctoral candidate at Virginia State University. Her writing has been selected for publication in Artemis Journal, PENUMBRA, HaikUniverse, Virginia's Best Emerging Poets, RHINO, Typishly Literary Magazine, Southern Poetry Anthology IX, Prairie Schooner, About Place Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Mandala Journal, Southern Women's Review, Deep South Magazine, The Chattahoochee Review, Obsidian, Chickenbones, Typehouse & elsewhere. A 2019 Furious Flower Poetry Center fellow, Faison is a recipient of the Tom Howard Poetry Prize. Her writing has been published alongside Iyanla Vanzant, Danny Glover & Dr. Cornel West in the NAACP Image Award winning book Keeping the Faith. She teaches at Virginia State University. Her official website: 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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