Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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Etheridge Knight began writing poetry while serving an eight-year prison sentence. He received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and his collection Belly Song and Other Poems was nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1991.
dope death dead dying and jiving drove / her away made her take her laughter and her smiles / and her softness and her midnight sighs—