460 in the collection
Moving Beyond Your Comfort Zone
Cirelli reads better from The Academy of American Poets website.
by Michael Cirelli
Deep in the Boogie Down—
the bassinet of the boom bap
where the trinity is The Treacherous Three,
English is the third language
behind Bronx and Puerto Rican,
and I was nervous
because I only speak Catholic school
and I'm a Red Sox fan.
I'm just a student of KRS-1, not a son,
on a train fourteen stops beyond my comfort
zone hiding behind headphones coughing
bass, and a backpack full of lyrics:
Notorious B.I.G., Rakim, Perdomo,
Run DMC, Brooks, wanting to be real cool,
wanting to be their "dawg"—
but feeling like a mailman,
to the students I will lead
through a workshop in a language
I itch to get my rusted cavities around.
from Vacations on the Black Star Line, published by Hanging Loose Press.
Michael Cirelli's first collection, Lobster with Ol' Dirty Bastard (Hanging Loose Press, 2008) was a New York Times best-seller from an independent press and was features in the "Debut Poets" Issue of Poets & Writers magazine. He has also authored two curricula, Poetry Jam (Recorded Books, 2010) and Hip Hop Poetry & The Classics (Milk Mug, 2004),
Michaell Cirelli and Oliver Goldsmith
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