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2013 Pushcart Prize Nomination December 4, 2013

Filed under: Art - The Product,Melanie Henderson — anotefrommel @ 3:20 pm

Melanie Henderson received a nomination from I. Giraffe Press/Iris G. Press/Fledgling Rag for the 2013 Pushcart Prize along with the following writers:

 

YONA HARVEY/”Cutthroat :: The Rising Cost of Fuel”

HIRAM LAREW/”Out Here”

MELANIE HENDERSON/”Nostalgia”

ALAN KING/”Freeze”

AMANDA NEWELL/”Vacation Photo, Gulf of Mexico”

DAINA SAVAGE/”Separation”

 

“Nostalgia” is a section of a 4-part poem entitled BONES written after the discovery of old African burial sites in Georgetown, D.C., September 2012)

 

Nostalgia

It’s not any different
than Southwest Washington,
or any other old black hood.

 

Georgetown is marble and
brick over blood and bone.
The tragedy is not its newness

 

—or even its color. It’s a failure
of courtesy not to speak to us:
ghosts on lampposts, right brown

 

shoes sturdy on left knees,
elbows propping up hatted heads
from the chin; it’s a failure

 

to remember we built those old
rock churches, and monuments,
those houses crumbled to erect

 

condos that block out light.
Take off your hat when entering
this city; there are spirits around you.

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