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Grandma’s Hands

Missy Burton, 2018, Dallas Texas

This series presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. The 100 Boots Poetry Series is co-organized by Jessica Baran, poet and Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera & Projects Plus Gallery; and Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. Limited-edition broadsides, created by artist Sage Dawson, will be available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books. are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books

The third event of the season features readings by poets Roger Reeves and Sawako Nakayasu. We encourage visitors to arrive early due to limited seating.

  • Missy Burton
  • 2018
  • 1017 S. Broadway St. Carrollton, Tx 75006
  • Photography
  • MB-2018-GH-001
  • 16" x 24"
  • The Missy Burton Experience

These hands have picked

Over a million pounds of cotton

And healed hundreds of wounds

They have diapered thousands of behinds

And spanked them too

These hands have cooked millions of meals

And scrubbed infinite floors

In so many houses

With so many ingrates

who always demanded more

from these hands

These hands belong to a woman

who would do anything

For her God

Her man

Her chirren

Her family and

Her friends

These hands make the sweetest cakes and

Sweet potato pies

They weave quilts with family history

And legitimize our legacy

And no matter how bloody or calloused or chafed


At the end of each day

She puts these hands together to pray

To thank the Lord for each day

And ask him for another one

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