Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT October 6th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session!

For this session we close read “Equinox” by Elizabeth Alexander, posted below.

Our prompt for this session was: “There is no other way to say…”

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“Equinox” by Elizabeth Alexander

Now is the time of year when bees are wild 
and eccentric. They fly fast and in cramped 
loop-de-loops, dive-bomb clusters of conversants 
in the bright, late-September out-of-doors. 
I have found their dried husks in my clothes. 

They are dervishes because they are dying, 
one last sting, a warm place to squeeze 
a drop of venom or of honey. 
After the stroke we thought would be her last 
my grandmother came back, reared back and slapped 

a nurse across the face. Then she stood up, 
walked outside, and lay down in the snow. 
Two years later there is no other way 
to say, we are waiting. She is silent, light 
as an empty hive, and she is breathing.



From Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010. 
Copyright © 2010 by Elizabeth Alexander.

4 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT October 6th 2021

  1. There is no other way to say~~~

    that her life is important.
    Important to me, important to the world.
    She might not be the perfect example of a three-year-old
    but to me, she is indeed perfect.
    Her physical and mental deficits are more than compensated by her zest for life and acceptance of the world around her.
    Her smile is a beacon for all those searching for goodness in this world.
    She is an example of the will to live, to push boundaries.
    She exudes joy in the simple act of living, in the new experiences that await her.

    My life is made more complete and richer because she is a part of it.
    Life… a gift never to be questioned.

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  2. There is no other way to say…white anymore, without it dragging along a whole train of baggage. How much more so with Black (capitalized or not)? The words are husks, that have kept flying long past their useful lives have fallen away. Nowhere but in America. What is it about our brutal past that has forged these words and their iron existence, their stubborn cruelty, their eagerness to fly abroad and shit on other places too, to mark the world as America’s stomping ground, until we bleed the life out of everywhere, and in our need to impose words, do not notice the color of the blood we’ve lost.

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  3. Elizabeth

    Michelle, your work can be an anthem for people with disabilities… Beautiful. Antoinnette, your work screams to be heard…For all of us who have had enough! Thank you both for sharing in the blog and in the session.

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