• Series: New Series 04
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-916272-75-3
  • ISBN-10: 0-916272-75-3
  • Pages: 124
  • Size: .25 x 6 x 8 in
  • Price: $14.95

Forbidden City

Peggy Hamilton

Peggy Hamilton’s debut volume is located in a series of closed-off places: an imperial walled garden, individual Miami neighborhoods, bedrooms, churches, and children’s hiding places. In these settings, the language and languages used allow some people to speak freely and bond with each other—but also mark them as “other” as they close out outsiders. The passionate and disparate voices of this volume belong to individuals within these communities: people in their daily lives—lives many of us can’t see.

from Miami


Girl, girl
what you doin


that baby
yourn ain’t


Not this lil
We here for Daddy Lou


you too


They done took
his talk box out


Nobody gone miss it
but him


His wife say maybe they is
a mercy after all
shame she had a get
so old a see it.




Doctor tell her he could put
a machine in a help
wit some words


She say naw he
don't want no metal
in his th’oat
fraid he get electrocuted


say he too damn old
done said what he want
by now
least twice.


So she tell him doctor
say a new talk box
mess up his tv
they grandkids jes put
the cable in they house


He shake his head no
he won't have it then . . . .


Copyright © 2003 by Peggy Hamilton