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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  /  Used with permission.
Samantha Thornhill
Photo by New York Department of Environmental Protection.

Samantha Thornhill is a Trinidadian-born poet, children’s author and educator.  After graduating with her MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia, the Cave Canem alum relocated to New York City, where she has spent over a decade teaching poetry to actors at The Juilliard School, and elsewhere. She is frequently invited to perform her versatile works both nationally and internationally. She has published children’s books with Scholastic and Simon & Schuster, and poems in over two-dozen literary journals and anthologies. She is a founding curator of Poets in Unexpected Places, which was profiled in the New York Times for its dynamic, pop up poetry performances in public spaces. Her third children’s title, A Card For My Father was published by Penny Candy Books in 2018.

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