Issue 8 / Poetry

Poetry by Len Lawson

We’re Talking about Practice

Selected words from an excerpt of the infamous Allen Iverson interview arranged according to frequency

After Franny Choi.

 

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Len Lawson is the author of the upcoming chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press) and co-editor of the upcoming Poets Respond to Race anthology (Muddy Ford Press). He has been accepted to the Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Len is a 2015 Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net nominee and a 2016 Callaloo Fellow.  His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Public Pool, [PANK], Mississippi Review, Winter Tangerine Review, and elsewhere. He is a Poetry Reader & Book Reviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly. Selected by Kamden Hilliard.

 

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