without part four of Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s poem, “Suite Billy Strayhorn”? I mean, people are on the edge of their seats waiting for Bush’s next lame-o nominee for the Supreme Court, debating Roe vs. Wade and so forth, while I get to sit here and read poems from The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart. God bless America (& thanks for the loan, Lissa). p.s. Please avoid catching a cold as the weather dips and dives around us, people. Enjoy:
IV. Mr. Ellington Denies
And you are such a pretty girl.
You make the boys swoon so badly
they want to beat you to death.
Do you hear them skulking beneath
bass-key? Billy, you’re no more
a girl than Ohio is pastoral.
Keep quiet is a muscle.
Keep quiet is a city
with all the swing gone out of its hips.
Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.