Monday, June 1, 2015

Truck June 2015: Five Haiku by Joel Dias-Porter

Summer sun
A yellow-jacket
In the blue Kool-Aid

Spring sprinkle
The gutters fill with
Cherry blossoms

The gardener
switches her radio
to Al Green

Strewn about the beach

New afro
A day In the life of


Joel Dias-Porter was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. From 1994-1999 he competed in the National Poetry Slam, and was the 1998 and '99 Haiku Slam Champion. Places his poems have been published include POETRY, Ploughshares, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Callaloo, Antioch Review, Red Brick Review, Beltway Quarterly and the anthologies Best American Poetry 2014, Gathering Ground, Break Beat Poets, Red Reads First, Love Poetry Out Loud, Meow: Spoken Word from the Black Cat, Short Fuse, Role Call, Def Poetry Jam, 360 Degrees of Black Poetry, Slam (The Book), Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapallooza, Poetry Nation, Beyond the Frontier, Spoken Word Revolution, Catch a Fire, and The Black Rooster Social Inn. Performances include the Today Show, the documentary SlamNation on BET, and in the feature film Slam. A Cave Canem fellow and the father of a young son, Dias-Porter has a CD of jazz and poetry on Black Magi Music, titled LibationSong.

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