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Morgan Parker

Years: 2012


Morgan Parker received her BA in Creative Writing and Anthropology from Columbia University and her MFA in poetry from NYU. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Painted Bride Quarterly, PANK, Forklift, Ohio, Vinyl Poetry, and the anthology Why I Am Not A Painter, published by Argos Books. In 2013, she was a finalist for The Poetry Project's Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship. A Cave Canem fellow, Morgan lives with her dog Braeburn in Brooklyn, where she is Education Director at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA).


Morgan What, Morgan Who?

“Do not bark up that tree. That tree will fall on you.” –Jay-Z


Yes and I am

dreading the New Year

I say to my mother

on Christmas when she asks

if I am really

that bitter. I spit

at the nickname

you hand me—a kink

in vinyl where

needle sticks

and repeats between

my legs. Leaving my lips

you’re cheap liquor

lusty and sad

over my blueprint.

Peep all these inches

left un-bruised, crowned

with dried leaves

and spilling

out of my shirt.

I have an appetite, make

lightposts go down when you

call me baby. Baby, don’t

forget who’s quitting who,

who is harvested

and who sows.

Careful with that

face of yours: you know

this weather

is my fault.

Trains get lost, roads flood

worry and charcoal.


better duck.