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  Roger Bonair-Agard
Roger Bonair-Agards work has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. He is the author of Tarnish and Masquerade (Cypher Books, 2006) and is a Cave Canem fellow. As the co-founder of the
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louderARTS Project, he launched and cocurates the louderARTS reading series at Bar 13 in New York City. A veteran of the national poetry slam scene, he is a two-time National Slam Champion and has appeared on HBOs Poetry Def Jam, The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour and 60 Minutes. After its recent successful debut in Manhattan, Bonair-Agards one-man show Masquerade will tour nationally. A native of Trinidad, he lives in Brooklyn.

what the water gave me
(after Frida Kahlo)




Roger Bonair-Agard
The water gave me madness
incessant humming blood

the water remembers the torn torso
melting through a seashell's portholes

the quadrangular tight-rope of death
disease   slaughtered women the trade
in gold and spirit of five hundred nations drifting

the water remembers   the water is clarity
the water remembers   offers back hurricane
the water remembers   hides its secrets

no wonder water remembers in tectonic shifts
and the angry expectorant of lava

no wonder water runs muddy   revolts
to flood and brackish

no wonder water stays still in the dark
the water is coming back home



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