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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.

Friday, April 22, 2016

For All Your Blues



-for Prince-


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
www.latorialfaison.com

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