Poetry Month Spotlight: Matching Skin by Shirlette Ammons

matching skinToday’s Poetry Month Spotlight falls on Matching Skin by Shirlette Ammons, a poet from Durham, NC. The book was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2008 and, I’m sorry to say, has been languishing on my bookshelf unread for a couple of years.

But let me dip into it now. Here’s an excerpt from “Silueta: Sonnet-Ballad for Ana Mendieta.”

Her plaintive plaits, like a snake’s shape, spiral/ birthed in dusk from brown leviathan song/ Cuban cunt framed in figurine tower/ Silueta spindling ash and black skulls . . .

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