Ashley M. Jones

Ashley M. Jones is the author of Magic City Gospel, published by Hub City Press in 2017, and dark // thing, published by Pleiades Press in 2019. Her work appears or is forthcoming at CNN and in the Oxford American, the Mississippi Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. The recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation fellowship, Jones is the founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival, and she codirects PEN America Birmingham. She teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Aubade: My Mother Calls Home

An mmhmm is softer, sweeter than yes—
out of my mother’s mouth, a bright song—how
beautiful, this flavor of English, best
served over the phone, best from Mother, now