After In the Hood by David Hammons

I hang the wall. Making golden frames shimmer,

a contrast to the bleached narratives.

Pinned on the pure, I am a black hood

a reflection of the severed past

jagged with unsewn hems of crooked stories

torn apart and restitched in retrospect.

A product of time, drowned in the sound

loud of emptiness, in where a head was.

Now suddenly darker on the fresh wall, white of light

Maggie Yang is a poet and artist from Vancouver, Canada. She is a Foyle Young Poet of the Year, and her work has been recognized by the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards, The League of Canadian Poets, The Poetry Society of Virginia, and Poetry in Voice. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Polyphony Lit, F(r)iction Lit, among others. An interdisciplinary artist, she is particularly intrigued by the intersections of race with different forms of identity and the creative arts.