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I Am.

by KrisDeLaRash

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I am native daughter of grid-patterned poverty
Obama-rama novelties
and cloud-piercing properties
where hundreds
of thousands
hide sleepless RedEyes behind desks
and texts of Tribunes and Sun-Times.

I am emphatic femininity
hushing phallic entities with
a lover
a pen
a voice
and a microphone.

I am tragic middle-class mulatto rushing home,
iris blooming from cheap bottle,
rat-racing academic
with a problem
or three.

I am held together by hope mostly.
But sometimes, I'm just a loose palette of gray
like duct-tape reinforcement.

I am boxed in by my own cadence,
a marching lone-soldier
aimless and unarmed
wielding only wit and warmth.


released October 14, 2009


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KrisDeLaRash Chicago, Illinois

KrisDeLaRash has spoken her ever-evolving truth through her art, music, and poetry. Hailing from the south side of Chicago, Kris sculpts a (sometimes abrasive) reality that impels her audience to critique, embrace, and improve our world.

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