We Left School
after Gwendolyn Brooks
I missed my bus. It hissed at me.
The wheels spat up the rain.
So, I laid there through the night
as sewage filled the drain.
I felt a murder, glossed in black
aweigh above my head,
but it was just a plastic bag
from the Poppy store, instead.
A Septa driver leisured by.
I thought to beat him dumb.
God, damn this lawless, rigid world
that dulls hymn out to hum.
Glorious Piner BFA ’19 is currently in the MFA program at the University of Maryland focusing on poetry. She teaches Poetry at the University of Maryland and at the University of the Arts. Glorious’ top five books of the month are Cane by Jean Toomer, Calamities by Renee Gladman, Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems by Wanda Coleman Edited and Introduced by Terrance Hayes, Cathay by Ezra Pound and Translation: A Short Introduction by Matthew Reynolds. She has two works published in Queerbook, the first-ever anthology released by the first LGBTQ+ bookstore in the country, Giovanni's Room Bookstore's attendant press. You can find more of Glorious’ work in Prolit Magazine and Toho Journal. Soon, you'll also be able to read her work in forthcoming issues of Conduit Magazine, the Florida Review and the American Poetry Review. Glorious is finishing up the first season of a poetry podcast, co-hosting another poetry podcast, curating an anthology of American sonnets, and resurrecting, reshaping and reimagining Paperback Literary Journal. You can follow @gloriouspiner on every relevant social media platform for updates on the release of projects and forthcoming published works.