Get Lit Minute

Tyree Daye | "Learning Whitney"

January 18, 2022 Get Lit - Words Ignite Season 3 Episode 31
Get Lit Minute
Tyree Daye | "Learning Whitney"
Show Notes

In this week's episode of the Get Lit Minute, your weekly poetry podcast, we spotlight the life and work of poet, Tyree Daye. He is the author of two poetry collections River Hymns and Cardinal. Source

This episode includes a reading of his poem,  "Learning Whitney", featured in our 2021 Get Lit Anthology.

"Learning Whitney"

My father loved my mama

quiet. She never was.


Sang as she dusted,

Whitney was her back-up singer.


He’d disappear, stumble in,

bright blues still in his mouth.


I come from a family of men

who thought saying I love you


was something you saved for sleep or the dead

and tears could get your ass whooped.

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