Today's poem is "Love Letter to RuPaul"
from Maybe the Saddest Thing

Harper Perennial

Marcus Wicker was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship recipient, he has also held fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, and Indiana University, where he received his MFA. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, jubilat, Ninth Letter, and Crab Orchard Review, among other journals. Marcus is assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana.

Books by Marcus Wicker:

Other poems on the web by Marcus Wicker:
Three poems
"Self Dialogue Reading Etheridge Knight"
Four poems
Two poems
"The CEO of Happiness Speaks"
"Two You"
"Ars Poetica in the Mode of J-Live"
"Love Letter to Flavor Flav"
Two poems

About Maybe the Saddest Thing:

"Keats, too, would have admired the holy truth of Marcus Wicker, whose lyric wizardry astounds the ear."
—D.A. Powell

"These are wide-ranging Whitmanesque poems—self-aware meditations that rap and jazz their way forward, talk back, backtrack, and scratch so hard they blow out the speakers with their complicated love for a huge cast of icons, from Pam Grier to Flavor Flav, from RuPaul to Dave Chapelle."
—Erika Meitner

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