Ode to the #6 Jackson Park Express, and: Uncensored, and: “Caldonia”

Ode to the #6 Jackson Park Express, and: Uncensored, and: “Caldonia” Cheswayo Mphanza Ode to the #6 Jackson Park Express after Tim Seibles The fungi express. The unused funk in Bootsy’s bass lines and ri√s. Illicit pleasures of what bodies on the south side lust for, blasting from speakerphones: I wish I could give you this feeling; I wish I could give this feeling. The distant stares at the side of your sooty windows that gave me a sweeter scent from the Swisher Sweets and Black & Milds; the musk of all the marauders who rode you in the summer, bullet-eyed and waiting for triggers to clutch. The early morning wake-up calls from the woman in rags, who stood in the front preaching of Jehovah, saying she was a witness to a testament I could not believe in. The tithes and o√erings spent on Cheetos and honeybuns, salvation in gyros and baptism in mystic drinks. The seats I gave up to old black women who all reminded me of the women that raised me over dominoes and house music. Thank you for holding my mother and all those other women who worked overtime, how intransigent their bones must have become, fighting the temptation of rest on your hard seats, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

Ode to the #6 Jackson Park Express, and: Uncensored, and: “Caldonia”

Prairie Schooner, Volume 91 (2) – Aug 9, 2017

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Cheswayo Mphanza Ode to the #6 Jackson Park Express after Tim Seibles The fungi express. The unused funk in Bootsy’s bass lines and ri√s. Illicit pleasures of what bodies on the south side lust for, blasting from speakerphones: I wish I could give you this feeling; I wish I could give this feeling. The distant stares at the side of your sooty windows that gave me a sweeter scent from the Swisher Sweets and Black & Milds; the musk of all the marauders who rode you in the summer, bullet-eyed and waiting for triggers to clutch. The early morning wake-up calls from the woman in rags, who stood in the front preaching of Jehovah, saying she was a witness to a testament I could not believe in. The tithes and o√erings spent on Cheetos and honeybuns, salvation in gyros and baptism in mystic drinks. The seats I gave up to old black women who all reminded me of the women that raised me over dominoes and house music. Thank you for holding my mother and all those other women who worked overtime, how intransigent their bones must have become, fighting the temptation of rest on your hard seats,

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