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Cedric L Tillman

Years: 2008, 2009, 2011



Cedric Tillman hails from Anson County, NC and was raised in Charlotte.  He is a graduate of UNCC and The American University’s Creative Writing MFA program. In 2011, his manuscript, entitled Human Events, was a finalist for Flying Trout Press’ annual chapbook contest; a book-length collection, entitled A Lily in the Valley, was a semifinalist for the 42 Miles Press/University of Indiana-South Bend Poetry Award.   A Cave Canem fellow, Cedric’s poems appear in several publications including Crosscut, Folio, Kakalak 2009, The Chemistry of Color, Cave Canem Anthology XII: Poems 20082009 and Home Is Where: An Anthology of African American Poets From the Carolinas, edited by Kwame Dawes. In 2013 his debut collection, entitled  Lilies In The Valley,  was published by Willow Books. He lives in Charlotte with his family.




the imprints


I don’t really mind you

you burden me different

you walk like you think you could hurt something

your toenails still have the night before’s

glitter on them, so pretty


early in the morning,

while people write postcards

and choiring birds wake up

earth’s angels and devils,

your languid, brooding massage

soothes me before the pummeling.


I don’t know, maybe you have wider spaces

between your toes,

but there is so much more of me

clinging to your feet

by the time you get to the chairs