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Read–on Houston’s 3d Ward

Feb 19
7:26 pm
By Menil

3rd Ward’s
Will be lost
In the closed casket
A whisper’s sleep
Who will remember
Each poet’s tongue
Or face print
In the 3rd Ward
Street art noise.
What about the dancers…
The theatres
The stories…
5th Ward writers’ with their awful tobacco coughs
As they pen plays and novels
And truths.
Some say Houston is
Unworthy of Pulitzer Prizes…
They think
Those foreigners
From New York
Houston has no Art legacy
Only horses whose
Droppings gave us modern art.
Read! We are in these
Read… we have always been here
Research these names
Foreigners from New York
What can I say?