"Hagar in the Wilderness" by Tyehimba Jess, a teacher at the College of Staten Island, was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on December 26, 2013. A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:
"Hagar in the Wilderness" is an ekphrastic poem after a marble statue (pictured) carved by Edmonia Lewis (1845 - 1907) in 1875. Lewis was an African/Native American expatriate sculptor who lived and worked in Rome. More information about Lewis may be found here:
There are two "gods" or "creators" in this poem. There is God, who created the real-life Hagar and her destiny, and there is Lewis who created the marble statue of Hagar. As an African/Native American expatriate, Lewis was in a certain sense an outcast just like the subject of her sculpture.
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