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Antoinette Brim

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Years: 2003-2006

Biography

Antoinette Brim, author of two collections of poetry "Icarus in Love" (Main Street Rag, 2013) and "Psalm of the Sunflower" (Willow Books, 2009), is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry, memoir and critical work has appeared in various journals and magazines including the "Tidal Basin Review," "95Notes" and "Southern Women’s Review," as well as, anthologies including "Villanelles," “Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander,” “Critical Insights: Alice Walker," “44 on 44: Forty-Four African American Writers on the 44th President of the United States," "Not A Muse" and "Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta."

Poem

K-mart on Asher is closing

We are vultures clawing through what remains when retail dreams die.  We do not stopto consider where these folks will shopwhen everything is gone to the bare walls.We do not savor our bargains, we dig for moreand more until hangers litter the floorlike bones picked clean.  We do not speak of war, oil or wounded economies.We do not smile at cashiers whose fear can be measured in final markdowns.