Van G. Garrett

is the winner of the 2017 Best Book of African American Poetry for his book, 49: Wings and Prayers, as announced by the Texas Association of Authors. Garrett is the author of Songs in Blue Negritude(poetry), The Iron Legs in the Trees (fiction), 49: Wings & Prayers (poetry),LENNOX IN TWELVE (poetry), HOG (poetry), ZURI: Love Songs (poetry),and Water Bodies (fall 2019). His updates and appearances can be found here.


         Pastime Off Highway 5

we made kites from
bread bags—ran and
jumped until proud
hearts lifted in spring
when we talked up the sun
in patchwork moments
stretched like starfish
without strings attached