This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Jordi Alonso, is from The Macon Sex School: Songs of Tenderness and Resistance by Marjorie Becker, released by Tebot Bach in 2020.
Just How Ripe, How Negligee, How Long
What, then, did they learn at that Macon Sex, that school still close to tears and tears as Aurelia ripped the cloth and Cynthia still believed that being black reminded her of symmetry, of seasons others never felt or saw or reconsidered and yet also true that in that school Sharona or Shareena knew the pliés the ways we climbed the peach trees finding just how ripe our men it seemed remembered all the notes’ tenacity, the very fingers high above and lower lower deeper down the women captured fruit and sound and they proceeded using fingers filled with thought with purchase and a sort of permanence to gather up to claim the ripest of am I here to play the men or still remember how stealthy they, the women from the Sex, that school for touch, for taste remembered how to seize and cling to the largest and the keenest of the branches filled with sun-bleached sun-lit true.
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