There are too many lines in the world these days.
Lines wrapping around the world. We are tied to lines
and tied to waiting but there you are waiting in line
with a line of writers. You are talking to a friend
the way Trane might talk to McCoy, the way both
their hands moved so fast over keys of sound that
our ears wanted to run away but they learned
how to wait for beauty. And here you are and
I wait for you to turn and say hello and as you turn
your beauty cascades into my eyes and I fall
for you.

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E. Ethelbert Miller

Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist who has taught at various universities. He is the author of 12 books of poetry and two memoirs, as well as the editor of three poetic anthologies. He hosts a weekly morning radio show and hosts and produces a TV show. His many honors include induction into the 2015 Washington DC Hall of Fame, the 2016 Association of Writers & Writing Programs George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, and the 2016 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Literature. In 2018, he was appointed as an ambassador for the Authors Guild. Miller’s most recent book, If God Invented Baseball (2018), was awarded the 2019 Literary Award for poetry by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. He can be contacted at .

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Miller, E. E. (2023). Poem in the key of C [poem]. Clio’s Psyche, 29(2), 171.

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