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Dream, Technidifficult

After Martin Luther King, Jr. and P-Funk

I want you to follow me through here
              So wide

They said don’t come there
                             You can’t get around it
But I am here
              So high

They said there is no here
                             You can’t get over it
But I have been there
               So low


You can’t get under it

               I may not get here
Our only guide,

             But look there
the groove
                           Here you are


From Dark~Sky Society (New Issues Press, 2014) by Ailish Hopper. Copyright © 2014 by Ailish Hopper. Used with permission of the author.


Ailish Hopper

Ailish Hopper is the author of Dark~Sky Society (New Issues Press, 2014), and Bird in the Head (Center for Book Arts, 2005). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tidal Basin Review. She’s received support from the MacDowell Colony, the Maryland State Arts Council, and Yaddo. She teaches at Goucher College.

Date Published: 2015-04-29

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