By Micheline Maylor
I payment the field at the govt types: Caucasian. No box
for colonized, for the 1/16th bred. simply the double helix of my DNA,
my skill to sun-brown, and my very own green-eyed children
of the voyageur, river visions nonetheless stuck of their irises.
We’re born out of a protracted in the past season.
Everyone is certain of position and race. Blood and semen
mixed in dust and cervix, convex and enchanted through muskrat’s eerie smile,
dark fact furred and raveled, stroked through a river paddle.
Let that lengthy the teeth chunk now within the land of the race riots,
negro, and redskin, the underground railroad,
and the Indian village.
Let the identify Pontiac take new shape and hit the road,
the righteous mile the place judgement and boundary blurs,
especially on issues of composition
blood, bone, and relations.
—from “Detroit Zoo toilet 1977”
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