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.
They Could In Fact Have Grown Another Plot, Another Way
“Play ripe the dawn,” he said, when yesterday I sensed the golden, raw gardenia note, I sang it there within the breeze of patience since my people, we are Jewish huddled in a southern town that never much enjoyed our raw and ripe excursions into sense and beauty but the black and Christian man I knew so long ago reminded me that there were ways to kiss, to place, to seize a mound of grass, of wild and luscious scent, “gardenias in the mist” he said again, within the midst of song and naked noon, we made a sort of clock he said that scared the flower broken, instant broken, it turned to him and me for laughter once I plied and played, began to pray for color’s calm extravagance, experience, just how and why the flowers bothered there and then and once again to truly trust and also I would say, engage a sense of presence raw with melody.
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