The Holloway Series in Poetry welcomes Simone White

Each academic year, The English Department’s Holloway Series in Poetry welcomes several renowned and rising contemporary poets to campus to share and celebrate their work.
This week, the series welcomes poet Simone White. White is the author of the full-length collections 
House Envy of All the World (2010) and Of Being Dispersed (2016), as well as the chapbooks Dolly (2008) and Unrest (2013). She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and was selected as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America.  Below you will find the poems, “It Must Be Shameless,” and “There was a time I hardly went three steps,” from Of Being Dispersed.

Simone White’s reading will be held February 15 at 6:30pm in room D37, Hearst Field Annex, with an introductory reading by graduate student Laura Ritland. The event is free and open to the public.

There was a time I hardly went three steps
There was a time I hardly went three steps
Except another black girl was with me.
Mother. Always lonely. I am always.
Mother those girls. Forty-two.
March summer. Light blue. Vermont.
Endless crescent. Invert as a tyke lake.
Fernet Mother, I’m grown. Forest.
San Francisco. Lone cold.
Stone turd. Talk three or none.
It Must Be Shameless
Apart disclaimed wicked pea, split soft skin
of the principle princess, who writhes,
a little blood passes her perineum every night,
grey linen sheets flax talisman plot luxe
to strip and scrub all gore
a plain bar of secret white soap
it is a pine tree, it is an orange blossom, is it a rose hip
under a baby tongue, blood cuts
punisher, swear it closed, closes it