02.17.17
Weekly poem on Trump Presidency
 

SHANE MCCRAE

Everything I Know About Blackness I Learned from Donald Trump

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.”
—Donald Trump

 

America I was driving when I heard you
Had died I swerved into a ditch and wept
In the dream I dreamed unconscious in the ditch

America     I dreamed you climbed from the ditch
You must believe your body is and any
Body and stood beside the ditch for eight years

Thinking     except you didn’t stand you right
Away lay down on your pale belly
And tried to claw your way back to the ditch

You right away began to wail     and weep
And gnash your teeth    my tears met yours in the ditch
America     they carry me downstream

A slave on the run from you     an Egyptian queen
Even in my dreams I’m in your dreams

 

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Shane McCrae teaches at Oberlin College and at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program. His most recent books are In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017) and The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015). He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the NEA, and a Pushcart Prize.
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illustration: anna_croc01

illustration: anna_croc01