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The Morning Hour by Dawn Lundy Martin
Winner of the 2003 PSA Chapbook Fellowship
The Morning Hour by Dawn Lundy Martin, selected and introduced by C. D. Wright.
Edition: 500 copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson.
Backward, our peculiar language.
Mama says, your life are your hands.
Count them. Spoken and leans
back into herself a lone blade
amongst a field. Each grass a palm
A straw hat on the old woman
who stands back to lone house
not smiling. A rake in her hands
Two coconut palm trees—
She would draw concentric circles in sand . . .
What yields in darkness?
A point of surrender.
The still music of captivity.
All the civility of work.
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