In support of “Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration,” the first formalized programming of the Poetry Coalition, Birds, LLC; Coffee House Press; Graywolf Press; and Milkweed Editions have partnered to curate a selection of poems on the theme of migration. Each featured poem will be released on Milkweed’s website and shared by all participating organizations on social media. A new poem will be distributed each Thursday in March and April, concluding on National Poetry Month’s Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 27. The poems will be made available in pocket-poem size and distributed at several Minneapolis and St. Paul independent bookstores, including:
#4: Ana Božičević
I never want to get any
More new things.
I wanna wear out these shoes white
And walk on the rug till it’s perfectly
To wear the shoes dark
Walking on an abyss that’s been worn out
The shoes carry me,
I can’t help it,
I fly above the desert with no name
She is the author of Stars of the Night Commute (2009), the Lambda Award-winning Rise in the Fall (2013) and Joy of Missing Out, now out from Birds, LLC.
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