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 the GENDER issue / POETRY


by LeConté Dill

Image:  "Something Borrowed, Something Blu," by Varnette P. Honeywood

Daddy has three daughters

Still calls women “females”

As in

“Females is crazy”

“But not you all,” 

he assures

But perhaps our Mamas

I presume

Daddy has three sisters

One got left in Germany after the second world war

One ran to Texas, then to church, then to a closet

One mourns her husband, calls her Junior son Senior        sometimes

Daddy thinks these “females” 

is crazy

But they got his same eyes

from their daddy’s side

Who also said 

“Females is crazy”

               Cuz his wife aimed at his chest with sharp scissors

               Cuz his mama died when he was at his other baby mama’s house

               Cuz his son got served with child support

It’s these “females” who raised me

And who go find Daddy

               When he missin

               When he miss out

               When he missed

LeConté Dill was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and is currently creating a homeplace in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. She holds degrees from Spelman College, UCLA, and UC Berkeley, has participated in VONA Voices and Cave Canem workshops, and was a 2016 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop Fellow. LeConté's work has been published in a diverse array of spaces, such as Poetry Magazine, Mom Egg Review, The Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Journal of Poetry Therapy, and The Feminist Wire. She is a scholar, educator, and a poet in and out of classroom and community spaces, and is currently the Director of Public Health Practice and a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU.

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