“Cranes in the Sky” by Solange
My brilliant high school students picked this song for me to write up. When I asked them why, here is what they said, “It’s soulful. It makes you want to dance” (student makes gestures like ocean waves). It’s very artistic—it’s aesthetically pleasing.” The rhythm. The words. One student adds (honestly) “I don’t like it; ‘Bad and Boujee’ is way better” (another student starts playing Migos on their phone. All students go “woah woah woah”). “Have you heard Solange’s song ‘Don’t Touch my Hair’? Her song ‘Cranes in the Sky’ is dreamier. Did you see her eye shadow? Not everyone goes out in the middle of the desert to dance with themselves.” (Maybe my students know me better than most.)
Nicelle Davis is a California poet, collaborator, and performance artist who walks the desert with her son J.J. in search of owl pellets and rattlesnake skins. Her poetry collections include The Walled Wife (Red Hen Press, 2016), In the Circus of You (Rose Metal Press, 2015), Becoming Judas (Red Hen Press, 2013), and Circe (Lowbrow Press, 2011). Her poetry film collaborations with Cheryl Gross have been shown across the world. She has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, MHA, Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center, and with Red Hen’s WITS program. She is the creator of The Poetry Circus and collaborator on the Nevermore Poetry Festival. She currently teaches at Paraclete High School. Author photo by Ashley Inguanta.
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