Saturday, May 17, 2008

Composure: Karla Holloway

(for Karla Holloway)

if hope made fabric
like its own style of weaving
like the thick strength of soft
you'd be wearing it

if grace published dance steps
like shoeprints to keep going
like a sure turn to here
you'd be walking it

if beauty released a soundtrack
like bone structured bass-line
or a stretched sketch in ink
you'd be humming it

if bright put on a light show
with a symphony of leaves
and a reservoir of stays
i'd guess that you had
composed it.
Karla Holloway is the William Kenan Professor of English and African and African American Studies at Duke University. Please read everything she's written as soon as you can.

This is part of a series of poems and collages called The Listening Project.

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