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Joanne Dowdy—Poetry

A raisin in the milk

Why, it fills up with liquid
It gets soft and squishy!
Then looks darker and pliable.
Finally, it sinks to the bottom
of the container.

(With great respect and admiration for Langston Hughes).

 

I dreamed a Poem

Halfway between
the middle
and
the end
is a feathered nest

that we
dream
is

heaven.

 

February, 2015

 

AT the Pool

Please don’t

touch

my hair.

I know it

looks

like wool,

And you

want

To know how

If I comb

my locks.

But, please,

I’m not in

a

museum.

I don’t want to

touch

yours.

I know

that it feels

like embroidery

Thread.

 

January, 2016.


Dr. Joanne Dowdy completed her PhD in Literacy Studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She combines her education in literacy with her theater degree from The Juilliard School to help teachers become more effective in the classroom. Dr. Dowdy’s primary research interests include documenting the experiences of Black women involved in education from adult basic literacy to higher education.

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