Poetry Appearing in Poetry In Motion® Chicago


Elizabeth Alexander

Wrigley illuminates
the night sky violet,

indigo city tonight,
Chicago, city

surrounded by Magikist lips,
baci baci baci

benedicting the expressways.
I elegize cities

and leave them, cities
my imagined Atlantises.

Tonight, all Chicago
is singing the blues.

Autumn came today,
winter next, always.

Elegy, indigo, blues.

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"Blues" by Elizabeth Alexander, from BODY OF LIFE. Copyright © 1996 by Elizabeth Alexander. Reprinted with the permission of Tia Chucha Press.


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