Kai Wright is the author ofLighthouse, a collection of love poems to Chicago written from the “deepest sorrow for the bodies slain in my city.” Her work reflects the difficult relationship of loving a city and accepting one’s self in the complexities of the surrounding world.

 

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I wanted to tell the world I loved you before I wanted to tell

you

                 had given me an envelope with my name on it.

this

was second grade all over again.

                   only this time I was invited in.

 

yet much like love, I have not lived here.

       I tell your mother what a lovely home she has
                     made for me inside of you.

you said     …        means the same

as I love you

 

          I wonder if it hurts the same too.