DeLana R.A. DameronWebsite
Years: 2006, 2007, 2008
DéLana R. A. Dameron is the author of How God Ends Us (University of South Carolina Press 2009), chosen by Elizabeth Alexander as the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Essence Magazine, African American Review, Rattle, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, 42opus, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. She has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, Constance Saltonstall Foundation and Soul Mountain and is a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective. Dameron, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, currently resides in New York City.
Inheritance after Lucille Clifton Frequented in dreams by fresh-dead loves, so I have seen with these eyes the eyes of a spirit who's crossed, seen the body reject its coffin bed and climb right out onto the church's plank floor seen the dove at the bed's foot calling out all names, or the red eyes of the flesh, abandoned. Do not say I should be grateful for perfect eyes or their ability to see such distances. Say I should be grateful for sight, for open and shut.