Danielle Legros Georges’ “Only”


by Danielle Legros Georges

Nature hides
the most beautiful

design: the norm,
the anomaly,

the rare, the rarest,
which is to say,

the only, and aren’t we
each, twins even, only?

“Only” from The Dear Remote Neamess of You. Copyright 2016 by Danielle Legros Georges. Reproduced by permission of Barrow Street Press.

Writing Prompt: 

Consider how notions of singularity and community are in relation. Why community?  Why singularity?  What are their roles, beauties, pathways to solidarities and freedoms? Make a poem of your thoughts.

Danielle Legros Georges

Danielle Legros Georges is an academic, translator, and author of several books of poetry including The Dear Remote Nearness of You, winner of the New England Poetry Club’s Motten book prize. Her awards include fellowships and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Foundation, and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. She was appointed the second Poet Laureate of the city of Boston, serving in the role from 2015 to 2019. She is a professor of creative writing, and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.