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.


Religion Song

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.

All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of the author

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