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Author: COLEMAN, WANDA
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Coleman, Wanda    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Coleman-straus, Wanda
43 poems available by this author


A STONEHOLD    Poem Text    


ABOUT GOD & THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to have your child
Subject(s): African Americans; Man-woman Relationships; Negroes; American Blacks; Male-female Relations


AMERICAN SONNET (10)    Poem Text    
First Line: Our mothers wrung hell and hardtack from row
Subject(s): Slavery; Serfs


AMERICAN SONNET (35)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Boooooooo. Spooky ripplings of icy waves. This


AMERICAN SONNET (55)       
First Line: Down to the stingy stingy marrow of my mojo rant
Last Line: Inflames my vigilant soul denies it rest
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 55
Subject(s): African Americans; Stock Exchange; Wylie, Elinor (1885-1928); Negroes; American Blacks


AMERICAN SONNET (91)    Poem Text    
First Line: The gates of mercy slammed on the right foot


BAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Night at the taco house
Last Line: Everybody kept their distance
Subject(s): Waiters & Waitresses


BEDTIME STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Bed calls. I sit in the dark in the living room


BLACK DUST    Poem Text    
First Line: To be dust / to be dust
Last Line: Blow / away
Subject(s): Dust


BLACK MADONNA    Poem Text    
First Line: Screaming legions/her children chase her down shame
Last Line: Father, the crucifixion did not take
Subject(s): Fetishes; Obsessions


BUT, RUBY MY DEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: He hikes those narrow chords one more time
Last Line: Of discordant fusion / scaling
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


CASTING CALL (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow in the blood. My lover's coo
Last Line: Peg me in the hole of kingfish
Subject(s): Job Hunting


COLLAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Summers / summers
Last Line: Summers / summers
Subject(s): Family Life; Summer


COUSIN MARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Goes way back to the days/my father a young man
Last Line: Her song to me across years
Subject(s): Jazz; Music & Musicians


DEATH 213    Poem Text    
First Line: This time only one body on the divan
Last Line: And this time. No savior
Subject(s): Fetishes; Obsessions


DREAM 28    Poem Text    
First Line: The ace high avenue queen of shades
Last Line: And awake to find them full
Subject(s): Dreams; Sleep; Nightmares


DRONE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a clerk
Last Line: I clerk
Subject(s): Office Employees; Clerks


FEBRUARY 11TH 1990    Poem Text    
First Line: This year the leaves turn red green black
Subject(s): Brutus, Dennis


IN THAT OTHER FANTASY WHERE WE LIVE FOREVER    Poem Text    
First Line: We were never caught


MASTECTOMY    Poem Text    
First Line: The fall of
Subject(s): Breast Cancer


MISS JONES    Poem Text    


MS. PAC MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Video fever comes late. I am found
Last Line: But don't
Subject(s): Video Games


NOBODY WANTS TO KNOW MY NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: No not skin graham cracker crust


ODE FOR DONNY HATHAWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: And then there are the one-hit zombies
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


OFFICE    Poem Text    
First Line: There the time clock's feverish ticks
Last Line: Insane focus on small things / keeps sane
Subject(s): Office Employees; Clerks


OFFICE POLITICS       
First Line: The white boss / stops at my desk to see how I'm doing
Subject(s): Office Employees; Clerks


REQUIEM FOR A NEST    Poem Text    
First Line: The winged thang built her dream palace
Subject(s): Birds' Nests


SOUTHWESTERN SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: Trucker stops. Vanishing points. Mirages
Last Line: Behind each salvation is stranded
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


SWEET MAMA WANDA TELLS FORTUNES FOR A PRICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark stairs/me walking up them


THE AMERICAN DREAM        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): United States; Money; America


THE CALIFORNIA CRACK    Poem Text    
First Line: She didn't know he was so shook
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


THE DEUCE OF CLUBS    Poem Text    
First Line: The black would-be poet told me a story


THE ISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Tired I count the ways in which it determines my life


THE OLD WHITE MAN       
First Line: Was leaving the doctor's office
Subject(s): Social Problems


THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Can kill you
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


THEY CAME KNOCKING ON MY DOOR AT 7 A.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: They had a warrant out for my arrest


TODAY I AM A HOMICIDE IN THE NORTH OF THE CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: On this bus to oblivion I bleed in the seat
Last Line: I know my killer is out there
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


UNFINISHED GHOST STORY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: This used to be her office
Last Line: Routine, these days
Subject(s): Office Employees; Clerks


VOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear voices. I hear them often. I've heard them
Last Line: Threatening to follow me into life
Subject(s): Voices


WATCHING    Poem Text    
First Line: The television on


WHAT I KNOW OF MY MAN       
First Line: How his head turns when desire enters his mind
Subject(s): Fetishes; Obsessions


WHERE I LIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: At the lip of a big black vagina
Last Line: Named black los angeles
Subject(s): Los Angeles; Night Clubs; Violence


WHY I DON'T WRITE LOVE POEMS FOR YOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Evahbody wanna do da horizontal bop'
Last Line: Of me by you
Subject(s): Fetishes; Obsessions