Celebrating Black Poets: Black History Month and Beyond

from Emergency Management

by Camille Rankine (published in The New Yorker, February 3, 2020)

... I sip at punch.
So well practiced at this
living. I have a way of seeing

things as they are: it’s history
that’s done this to me...

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