by Carly Schnitzler, Graduate Communications Editor

UNC Creative Writing Associate Professor and Walker Percy Fellow Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s poem “Hammond B3 Organ Cistern” was published by The New Yorker in their most recent issue. The powerful poem begins:

“The days I don’t want to kill myself
are extraordinary. Deep bass. All the people
in the streets waiting for their high fives
and leaping, I mean leaping,
when they see me. I am the sun-filled
god of love.”

Calvocoressi is the author of three books of poetry, The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing, and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the 2018 Audre Lorde Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in numerous magazines and journals including the New York Times, POETRY, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, and The New Yorker. She currently at work on a memoir entitled The Year I Didn’t Kill Myself, and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard.

To read the poem “Hammond B3 Organ Cistern” or to hear Calvocoressi read it herself, click here.

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