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Thylias Moss

Thylias Moss’s most recent collection, Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities’ Red Dress Code: New and Selected Poems, will be published this fall by Persea. Her eight previous books of poetry include Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and Slave Moth, named Best Poetry Book of 2004 by Black Issues Book Review. She is is Professor Emerita in the departments of English and Art & Design at the University of Michigan and lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan. A video piece based on “Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities’ Red Dress Code” can be found here.


I have learned to be still

I have learned that I don’t have
     to go anywhere

to find the center of the universe

Anything can be that center . . .

Thylias Moss

I needn’t doubt the gift of hoof.

Thylias Moss