Carlo T. PaulWebsite
Years: 2000, 2001, 2004
Carlo Toli Paul was born in Brooklyn, New York to Haitian parents. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where his work first appeared in campus periodicals. His work also appears in Cave Canem anthologies.
a mama’s boy?
And is it sinful to ask?
Since he was born to a young virgin
is it wrong to wonder
Where would his machismo come from?
Or ask if this was an extra cross he had to bear--
To carry himself
through the make-up of his young mother?
Did this kill him
that he was not the rugged type of carpenter
but a slight man
who walked on water--
Was there an ache inside him
like he did those 40 days and nights
roughing it alone in the desert
that he could lift this entire world
on his shoulders
and die on that cross
like a man