Friday, December 7, 2007

"Ode to the Midwest" by Kevin Young

So, Kristie Kachler presented this poem during prosody class last night and it made me quite happy, indeed. I thought, Why haven't I read more of this Kevin Young person? He's now on my to do list. Or, at least, reading his poetry is.

Ode to the Midwest

The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
—Bob Dylan

I want to be doused
in cheese

& fried. I want
to wander

the aisles, my heart's
supermarket stocked high

as cholesterol. I want to die
wearing a sweatsuit—

I want to live
forever in a Christmas sweater,

a teddy bear nursing
off the front. I want to write

a check in the express lane.
I want to scrape

my driveway clean

myself, early, before
anyone's awake—

that'll put em to shame—
I want to see what the sun

sees before it tells
the snow to go. I want to be

the only black person I know.

I want to throw
out my back & not

complain about it.
I wanta drive

two blocks. Why walk—

I want love, n stuff—

I want to cut
my sutures myself.

I want to jog
down to the river

& make it my bed—

I want to walk
its muddy banks

& make me a withdrawal.

I tried jumping in,
found it frozen—

I'll go home, I guess,
to my rooms where the moon

changes & shines
like television.

(Kevin Young, from the July/Aug. 2007 issue of Poetry.


Krystal said...

I really like this poem. I shoveled our driveway 2 days ago.

and_dry_therain said...

I especially liked the stanza about cutting out the sutures yourself, because I totally know that guy.