Poem: Happy Birthday to Me

A New Poem by Nicole Sealey

February 8, 2017  By Nicole Sealey
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Happy Birthday to Me

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What was I saying?—
Oh, yes. I don’t mean
to be a bother, to burden
you with questions. But
did you know I wouldn’t
last? That I would lose?
Had you asked, I could’ve
told you I’m not doing
especially well at being alive.

 




Nicole Sealey
Nicole Sealey
Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast, forthcoming from Ecco in fall 2017, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation.









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