A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems
by Patricia Spears Jones
Publication Date: Nov 10, 2015
List Price: $17.00
Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Imprint: White Pine Press
Publisher: White Pine Press
Parent Company: White Pine Press
“She has given us a world where music and brains are allowed to co-exist with instinct, where the lyric and the literal may dwell without eyeing the other with suspicion.”—Cornelius Eady
From “The Perfect Lipstick”:
It is why I appreciate my favorite shade of lipstick:
Sounds like the name of a drag queen from the early seventies.
One of those strapping Black men who had enough of playing macho,
put their feet in five-inch heels and made saints of Dinah Washington,
Rita Hayworth and a very young Nina Simone.
So, on goes this lipstick. Pretty for parties.
Fatal for festivals.
Sherry Velour and her hot discoveries:
light above the fog,
a toy ship.
Black men in sequined dresses and the click of new words
in the new world where the most dangerous of dreams