The Poetry Foundation is running a feature on Poems to Celebrate Black History Month that includes selections by some of today’s foremost poets. Featured works include “Letter to Brooks: Spring Garden,” by Major Jackson and “Praise Song for the  Day,” by Elizabeth Alexander.

Here’s an excerpt from “For you: anthophilous, lover of flowers,” by Reginald Dwayne Betts:


All this a way to dream green rose petals on the bed you love;
petrophilous, stigmatophilia: live near rocks, tattoo hurt;
for you topophilia: what place do you love? All these words
for love (for you), all these ways to say believe
in symphily, to say let us live near each other.

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