AOTD: “Februaries shudder and are gone” –Gwendolyn Brooks

Today’s Antojo of the Day is a complex personal favorite from the talented Gwendolyn Brooks. Excerpts from “The Blackstone Rangers” (Part III: “Gang Girls”):

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Mary is
a rose in a whiskey glass.

Mary’s
Februaries shudder and are gone. Aprils
fret frankly, lilac hurries on.

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Mary! Mary Ann!
Settle for sandwiches! settle for stocking caps!
for sudden blood, aborted carnival,
the props and niceties of non-loneliness—
the rhymes of Leaning.

/\ ANTOJO /\ OF /\ THE /\ DAY /\

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