Yusef Komunyakaa’s new collection of poems, Every­day Mojo Songs of Earth, will be published next year. He teaches at NYU. His poem in this issue was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art; it and ten other new poems written in response to works at MoMA can be heard on the museum’s audio guide ().
 (November 2019)


The Jungle

Inspired by Wifredo Lam’s The Jungle, 1943 An Afro-Cuban plea guards over heart    & head, that old rugged cross-tree       of the South in the tropical air of Cuba, but it would take years in Madrid,    then Matisse, & a daily dreaming       of …