Hello Kinshasa

Danielle Legros Georges
| poetry


You must think that I forgot or are neglecting you,

which is not at all true,


you are often in my thoughts. How to write you.

Polycentric. Brazzaville sister.


Daughter (as I am). Two precolonial villages coincided

with two colonial posts.


(A railway, connecting them, dark cornrows.) Who

coincided with whom?


Which the fetus, the matrix? Send me your footprint,

metropolis of ten million. How


to sleep in your eye, wear your hat? 

Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, poet, editor, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Maroon (Northwestern University Press, 2001) and The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street Press, 2016), the chapbook Letters from Congo (Central Square Press, 2017), and is the editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems (Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, 2017). She teaches at Lesley University and is Boston’s Poet Laureate.

Questions for My Tribe in Midlife
In the Crow’s Nest, Waiting to Drown