Racing Hummingbirds

Racing Hummingbirds

by Jeanann Verlee


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984251551
Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 105
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jeanann Verlee is a poet, editor, activist, and former punk rocker who collects tattoos and winks at boys. Author of Racing Hummingbirds, recipient of the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry, her work also appears in The New York Quarterly, FRiGG, PANK, and decomP, among others. An acclaimed performance poet, she has represented NYC six times at National Poetry Slam competitions, performs and facilitates workshops across North America, and curates the Urbana Poetry Slam series at the Bowery Poetry Club. She lives in New York City with her dog and a pair of origami lovebirds

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the telling

She is a tornado.

He is a man. He is solid and humble.

She tells the story three times, convinced

he does not understand. He is trying.

The story is about an elephant and a mermaid.

No, the story is about a millipede in a thicket of roses,

a prized buckskin horse and fifty lashes.

She is talking gibberish. He is trying to understand but she

is thunderbolt. Her tongue, a spear.

The dog is hiding in the back corner of a dark room.

The man wants to sit with the dog. She is melting.

Her face pools in her lap. Freckles pile at her feet.

There is nothing in the room that has not been hurled.

She is science like this. An atom, separating.

Finally, the story comes, like flood. Its mud seeps in

from under the doorjambs, rising. They are standing

ankle deep in water and sludge. He understands now.

He is a spiced wound. He wants firearms. Hit-men. A brutal justice.

All the while, the window is sitting with its mouth open,

spilling their hot storm into the courtyard,

where the neighbors have come to their sills,

elbows propped, hungry

like vultures.

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Racing Hummingbirds 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He curls up with you happily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*he sleeps*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago