Pantoum -for S.T. Shimi July 11, 1971 – December 2, 2020 How amazing is she Queen of Devine Street Her righteous love like glitter dazzles on. Our Queen of Devine Street Miss Shimi, Shimarella, S.T. Reflected in stage lights, her glitter dazzles on unapologetically. Miss Shimi, Shimarella, S.T. sipping good gin in the beyond dazzles on unapologetically You get to choose, she wrote beyond clearly, biting as good gin We just wear these surly, shiny bonds Assigned to us. I slip out of them And your grasp My layers shimmering and shaking. See, she even broke the form of this poem, grinning wide, sexy as Prince, effortless as sunrise. She was born to break the form. Is the party still going? Her laugh echoes effortless as sunrise, dressing up, dressing down, calculated grace. If her laugh echoes, the party is still going. Black Orchid, ¡presente! Thanalakshmi Subramaniam ¡presente! Dressing up, dressing down her body dances on like a badass map, a fierce cocktail, a rare bloom. Black Orchid, ¡presente! Thanalakshmi Subramaniam ¡presente! Let her righteous love teach us the way onward a badass map, a fierce cocktail, a rare bloom. How amazing is she?
New poem in Zocalo Public Square.
Dispatches from my State Poet Laureate Dante-inspired Inferno “Tour” which is to say that I really did write a sonnet corona with a bucked of iced Corona’s in it long before I’d hear the words coronavirus. Stay safe pals.
Thanks to Zocalo Public Square for publishing this from the new manuscript.
Thanks to the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture