Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 4 • Winter 2002 • Featured Lodestar Writer • Poetry

for the Streetcar

Jewelle Gomez

Today I saw Desire
darkly painted steel, hard bells
wheels and unseen motivation.

In the morning traffic she is thick
with patches and paint,
only a streetcar
keeping to the track

Little hints at her whirling colors
restless forces in the night
heat driven engine that
gave her name.

Speeding past are carelessness
surface movements
cars full of assumptions.

We are refuge, strangers,
keeping our promise to her
this time remembering kindness
touching our hands to
the flame. Not drawing back.

Produced as a broadside by The San Francisco Center for the Book, October 2002

Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories. Her publications include three collections of poetry: The Lipstick Papers and Flamingoes and Bears, both self-published, and most recently, Oral Tradition. She edited with Eric Garber a fantasy fiction anthology entitled Swords of the Rainbow and selected the fiction for Best Lesbian Erotica 1997. She is also the author a book of personal and political essays, entitled Forty-Three Septembers, and a collection of short fiction, Don't Explain. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and two California Arts Council fellowships. Her adaptation of the book for the stage -- Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story -- was performed by the Urban Bush Women company in thirteen U.S. cities.

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