Rookie Report: Kamilah Aisha Moon
They didn’t plan on perishing like this.
Somehow, between the blurring of wings, nesting,
settling on branches that snapped
like twigs, a tumble began.
Their black bodies plunge
through a gape in the side
of a crumbling house.
What else can they do but stare
at the rotten, growing mouth
in the side of the tiny shack that swallows
Inside, the wife rouses.
She hears their cries thin like the hours,
talons whispering final rites.
She clamors into the phone
while her grown children sit
on the other end of the line without words,
She shrieks at her husband, “Things are dying
inside of our walls!”
“I know,” he mutters. “I know.” He fought tailspin
for years, still remembers flight.
For awhile they thought
they could holler themselves back into the sky.
-Excerpt from She Has A Name
Kamilah Aisha Moon: A biomythography that is part hymn, part torch song
LNL: If this book were the lovechild of two others, who are its parents?
KAM: You Don’t Miss Your Water by Cornelius Eady and The Book of Light by Lucille Clifton
LNL: What ingredients go into the recipe of your writing style?
KAM: Honey, cod liver oil, kitchen aromas and porch talk, rolling green hills, street lights, moonlight, things that fly, things that dive, shells, petals, Easter, cobblestone, Shakespeare, dust, tires, borrowed shoes, the blues as sung by a young woman and an old man, and so much more measured in pinches, dashes, dollops and handfuls.
LNL: Name one book you wish you could read again for the first time.
KAM: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
LNL: Answer a question you wish people would ask you about writing.
KAM: There wasn’t a decision, only discovery.
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A recipient of fellowships to the Prague Summer Writing Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, Cave Canem and the Vermont Studio Center, Kamilah Aisha Moon’s work has been featured in Harvard Review, jubilat, Sou’wester, Oxford American, Callaloo, Gathering Ground, Villanelles and elsewhere. Her poetry and prose have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A native of Nashville, TN, she currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY. Moon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is the author of She Has a Name (Four Way Books).