This poem of nostalgia will remind you of where you come from and make you remember the concrete details that belong to only you. Rhythmic and captivating, Williams’ poem “Homecoming” is meant to be read aloud. Lines like:
this dance city, this holy morning empty street city,
this dialysis clinic on every other corner city, this be a smart girl city,
this play the harp on Tuesdays & Thursdays city,
this girl-you-look-good-&-we’re-called-to-praise-&-lift-you-up city,
Thanks to curator and poet Niki Herd for selecting this piece. Make sure to read Herd’s comments below the poem, which begin “This poem reminds me of home, of the trip I took back to Cleveland weeks ago and the drive through vacant streets.”
“Homecoming” by Crystal Williams is a selection by Kore Press for their Poem of the Week (POW) series. You can read past POWs from their Home page in the right hand column, where you will find links for several previously posted poems, including work by Joy Ladin, Lee Kava, Angela Peñaredondo, Dawn Lonsinger, and Cathy Linh Che.
Crystal Williams is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Detroit as Barn, finalist for the National Poetry Series and Cleveland State Open Book Prize. Her third collection, Troubled Tongues, was awarded the 2009 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Award, the Idaho Poetry Prize, and the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize. Widely anthologized, her poems also appear in journals and publications like The American Poetry Review, PEN America, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, The Northwest Review, 5AM, The Sun, Ms. Magazine, The Indiana Review, Court Green and Callaloo. http://crystalannwilliams.com/
Kore Press is currently not accepting submissions, but expects to be re-opening at the end of this year.