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By CAConrad

For Kazim Ali

                                    sometimes I strain

                                         to hear one



            when gender blurs in a

         poem my world sets a

              tooth in the gear

               if god is in me

       when will I ask for

     my needs to be met

    every god is qualified

       it is not such a secret

       when I was afraid of the

            road I learned to drive

               map says name of

            your city in ocean

            line drawn to it

          towing behind

          the big party

   history of life on

      earth might be

      interesting to a

        visitor one day

 chewing parsley and

cilantro together is for

           me where forest

               meets meadow

                    in a future life

                   would we like to

                 fall in love with the

                    world as it is with

                       no recollection

                       of the beauty

                       we destroy


Source: Poetry (January 2020)

  • Nature
  • Religion
  • Social Commentaries

Poet Bio

Poet CAConrad grew up in Pennsylvania, where they helped to support their single mother during Conrad's difficult youth. CAConrad is the author of nine books of poetry and essays, and a documentary about their work, The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films), is viewable online on their website. CAConrad has also received a 2019 Creative Capital grant as well as a Pew Fellowships in the Arts, a Lambda Award, a Believer Magazine Book Award, and a Gil Ott Book Award. They regularly teach at Columbia University in New York City, and at Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. See More By This Poet

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