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Danielle P. Williams

Baby of Black

Baby of Black

                                   After Sylvia Plath’s poem Thalidomide

O half moon –

Half-me, curiosity –
Negro, skin bathed black and god-like,

Your dark
Shines light upon despair –

Solitude, safety.
What love

What tenderness
Has protected

Me from that shadow –
The indelible men.

Baby knuckles touched to my cheek, the
Face that

Proves motherhood is worth
The stretched

Snake-skin marks of labor.
All night I trace

A space for the thing I am given,
A love

Of two wet eyes and a screech.
Black myth

Oh admiration!
The sweet fruits revolve and take claim.

The world burst open,
The image

Grows and shapes ignorance like loose atoms.

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Danielle P. Williams is a poet from Columbia, South Carolina. She is a MFA candidate at George Mason University. Williams is a 2019 Alan Cheuse MFA Fellow, Editorial Coordinator for Poetry Daily, and Poetry Editor for So To Speak.

She strives to write poetry that gives voice to unrepresented cultures, and has a passion for understanding and connecting with the past, making it a point to expand on the narratives and experiences of her own cultures. You can find her poetry published online at Scalawag Magazine, Third Point Press, Praxis Center, and more. 

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