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Kwame Alexander


lips like yours
ought to be

called to the altar
dipped in water and wine

see, i ainít never been
too religious
but you can baptize me


From Crush: Love Poems (Word of Mouth Books, 2007)
Used with the authorís permission.


Kwame Alexander has written eight books, owned several publishing companies, written for stage and television, recorded a CD, performed around the world, produced jazz and book festivals, hosted a weekly radio show, worked for the U.S. government, and taught high school. Founder of the annual Capital Bookfest, he has a passion for helping young people discover the pleasure of reading and writing poetry. Kwame lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and daughter. Learn more about him at



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