1. Maplewood Mall, Germantown, Philadelphia, after the Re-imagine Maplewood Mall event. Saturday, October 21: I go to Maplewood Mall. Eat jerk chicken. Mark tells me he’s an astrologer. Tieshka’s photo is called Children Live Here. YahNe looks fabulous. Another woman named Susan has another version of a funny looking dog. Luke tells me about his Ben Franklin statue. The mall is not vacant. There is a whole world here. It is not the world I grew up in. It is not the world I live in. It’s another beautiful thing that I stepped into and have been invited to stay. I don’t know how to turn this into poetry yet.

     
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