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POEM: "With No Desire to Call Anyone I Reach for my Phone"
POET: Rachel B. Glaser
POETASTER: Chelsea Martinez
DATE: August 20, 2013
LOCATION: Cypress, CA
COMMENTS: I liked this poem for how flip it came across on paper, but when I read it, I found myself speaking quite seriously. My favorite part is about the cover-up makeup even though for me, it's usually a gross moment when I see my own face sweat freshly stuccoed onto the glass plate.
COMMENTS: I first encountered the poetry of Essex Hemphill in college in the mid-'90s. I fell in love with his poems; Hemphill's bold words spoke to the experiences of gay folks of color during the era of AIDS and activism. Hemphill chose not to cover up these experiences. He was unapologetic with his words - words full of urgency, grittiness, tenderness, and prescience.