The Best Poets: Hear From Lambda's Nominees

The Advocate asked each nominated poet and poetry editor from this year's Lambda Literary Awards to submit one from their collection.

BY Daniel Reynolds

March 31 2014 6:31 AM ET

From She Has a Name by Kamilah Aisha Moon

AIRPORT SCENE AFTER HER FIRST SOLO VISIT

She wanted to fly like us, experience
peanuts and ginger ale at 35,000 feet.
Rent metal wings
and hurtle through the sky—
free to defy
Autism’s gravity and simply be
the passenger in seat 13E.

She was coasting,
a look-ma-no-hands smile
resplendent on her face.

My fear
shortened her ride,
as I led her by the hand
to the front of the line,
telling the attendant
to keep watch
that she is different.

“Why did you do that to me?!”

Bruised but standing, she turned
to exit through the gate—
her flight home
a lesser altitude.

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Excerpted from She Has a Name by Kamilah Aisha Moon with permission from the author. Copyright 2013. Published by Four Way Books.

Kamilah Aisha Moon's work has been featured in several journals and anthologies, including Harvard Review, jubilat, Sou’wester, The Awl, Oxford American, Poets.org, Callaloo, Superstition Review, Villanelles, and Gathering Ground. Her poems and prose have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A teacher of English and creative writing at various institutions, Moon is the author of She Has a Name (Four Way Books) and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

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