Little Prayer

June 13, 2019

let ruin end here

let him find honey
where there was once a slaughter

let him enter the lion’s cage
& find a field of lilacs

let this be the healing
& if not let it be

Danez Smith
From the collection : Don’t Call Us Dead

These poems can’t make history vanish, but they can contend against it with the force of a restorative imagination. Smith’s work is about that imagination — its role in repairing and sustaining communities, and in making the world more bearable….Their poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but they pay out, often, in sudden joy…But they also know the magic trick of making writing on the page operate like the most ecstatic speech.(The New Yorker)

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