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House of the Rising

By Samantha Thornhill

Give thanks to your mansion
of a mama in that cold square room

the push and pull
of breath that brought
you round the bend

On the shores of regret
we celebrate you, angel—

the future needs you
to star in its story

Your face a rising sun clotted
with beauty’s blood—
first glass ceiling so
perfectly shattered

Head first
into a temple of gloves
hair wet and tangled
with the fury of your coming

Welcome angel
to this crash landing life  

Your battle cry joins
the symphony

Added: Thursday, January 5, 2017
Samantha Thornhill
Photo by Peter Dressel.

Samantha Thornhill is a Trinidadian poet, writer, performer and educator. A Cave Canem fellow, she graduated from the University of Virginia with her MFA in poetry. Since then, she has performed her work globally, and her poems have been published in over 20 journals and anthologies. For the past decade, Samantha has taught poetry to actors at The Juilliard School in New York City. She has published children’s books with Simon & Schuster and Scholastic. She co-founded the grassroots collective, Poetry In Unexpected Places, which was profiled in the New York Times. Since the birth of her son in 2015, Samantha has been traveling and writing. More about Thornhill's work can be found at her website.

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