One sneeze can kill you
Church bells ring seven futures
Blackbirds flex sunlight
A crow rocks an evergreen
The cupola smiles
A dog on Front Street
Struggles to sniff out sickness
The airborne hoaxes
Lamp in the cut for their chance
New morgues for the chilled
Tell me more, heartbreak
I can’t remember the date
Slow jam grips a chime
A deaf ghost knocks on my door
The true spiritual
Willie Perdomo is the author of Smoking Lovely: The Remix, The Crazy Bunch, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, and Where a Nickel Costs of Dime. Winner of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, the New York City Book Award for Poetry, the International Latino Book Award, and the PEN Open Book Award, Perdomo is co-editor of the Breakbeat Poetry Series anthology, Latínext. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Poetry, The Best American Poetry 2019, and African Voices. He is currently a Lucas Arts Literary Fellow, a core faculty member at VONA/Voices of our Nation Writing Workshop, and teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy.
These haikus are from Pluck Gems from Graves: Haikus, a work in progress.
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