On Finding a Field

I’ve been looking for you so long
I need you so  so
soso so     much    &
it snowed my woes
check my shoes my purple hands
I’ve been looking for you
Can I plant my heart somewhere
in your mud? May I lay down a while
under the magnolia in your middle?
Can I dig you up?

I’ve carried these grandmothers
and uncles for 28 years    my skin
wrapped stones   in my turning over head

I need to put them down

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina, and a Teaching Assistant Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the author of two poetry collections River Hymns, the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner, and Cardinal (Copper Canyon, 2020). Daye is a Cave Canem fellow. Daye won the 2019 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellowship and was a 2019 Kate Tufts finalist. Daye most recently was awarded a 2019 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-In-Residence at UC Santa Barbara and a 2019 Whiting Writers Award.



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