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giovanni singleton received a MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from The New College of
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California. She is a recipient of a New Langton Bay Area Award Show for Literature and has been a fellow at Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Cave Canem: A Workshop for African-American Poets, and the Hurston/Wright Writers Week. In 1999, she founded nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a critically acclaimed journal dedicated to the work of artists and writers of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. She has given presentations on writing, editing, graphic design, and publishing at high schools, colleges, and conferences such as the American Literature Association (2004), Series X: Bay Area Women Publishers (2002), and the New York Festival of Literary Magazines (2002). For five years, she served as a member of the Board of Directors for Small Press Traffic, a literary arts center in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including Chain, Fence, Five Fingers Review, Callaloo, The Breast: An Anthology (Global City Press; New York, 1994), Beyond the Frontier: African American Poets for the Millenium (Black Classics Press; MD, 2002), and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2002, she was a featured guest on NPR's "Fresh Air" hosted by Michael Krasny. She has taught poetry in the San Francisco Unified School District and at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA.


giovanni singleton
sitting in a darkened hallway. salt water bodies rock steady. muffled pounding.
the door of no return. is closed and closer. under measured reconstruction.
living seeps through in echoes. stillness outside in. a collective breath persists
without apology. mud stained spoons undulate from shore to distant shore.
then one day walk as if rowing a boat.

after beauford delaney

dark blue to gold abstraction
patterned figurations
scattered light

as if you would marry me

abstraction in red
blue light abstraction
abstract of black and gold

as if we could marry someday

streaked light
cool blue green
red gold black abstracted

as if we could amaze

x is y

we play games in the evening
technique is not emotionally driven

we look at life to see what comes out
such delinquency as a kiss,

the gentle way to punish, to make one wonder,
make one wander

we want to know how to possess that
space of in-betweeness and dislocation

how to explore our possible etymologies,
their meanings in the market place

we play games in the evening
and this makes the picture blur

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