Tuesday, May 29, 2018

"Brown Girl Has Walked Into the Wild, Palms Open" by Barbara Jane Reyes

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May 29, 2018

Brown Girl Has Walked Into the Wild, Palms Open

Barbara Jane Reyes
Barbara Jane Reyes reads "Brown Girl Has Walked Into the Wild, Palms Open."

About This Poem


"This poem is part of a series/in-progress manuscript that includes mixtape poems, glossaries, and epistolaries to 'some brown girl,' one who finds herself to be invisible in the pages of literary works. This 'brown girl' resists being a flatly written sidepiece (as we see in the few popular culture depictions) and insists upon exploring her own rich interior life."
—Barbara Jane Reyes


Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Books, 2017), a finalist for the California Book Award. Her previous collections include Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is an adjunct professor in the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program at University of San Francisco. She lives in Oakland, California.


Photo credit: Peter Dressel


Poetry by Reyes


Invocation to Daughters

(City Lights Books, 2017)

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"the blk(est) night" by Mahogany L. Browne


"Interpretation of a Poem by Frost" Thylias Moss


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