Melissa Christine Goodrum
Melissa Christine Goodrum moved to NYC to gain an M.F.A. in poetry at Brooklyn College. Her work can be found in The New York Quarterly, The Torch, The Tiny, Rhapsoidia, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, Transmission, and Bowery Women: Poems, and A Harpy Flies Down by Other Rooms Press. This poet is an active member of the poetry community everywhere she goes. Some of her wacky endeavors include: co-president of the Cambridge Poetry Awards, administrative director of Bowery Arts & Sciences, and the recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Award from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She wears many, many masks—poet, translator, scholar, editor, photographer, and writing teacher in the New York City Public School system.
A Lullaby for Kensington
In Kensington, Jésus pushes
his leaky ice-cart over the breaks
in the sidewalk and hard-melted
bubble gum past Lotto-playing
outside yellow grocerías,
below rusted-red fire escapes
while mamí and her niñas
play caged in black iron fence.
Mamí bitches softly about heat,
& slow banana colored buses
groan on by.