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Go Back and Fetch It


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“Literature…can hold up those things that mainstream society doesn’t believe: that Black people are there. One of my jobs is just holding that up to the light so that everyone can see that they’re there.”

How to Visit a Museum: Disciplines of Availability


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I’m waiting for that strange experience when a picture speaks, sometimes in a whisper, sometimes with a shout, sometimes with a reverberating silence that pulls me to the edge of a precipice where I’m not sure whether I’ll fall or fly.

The Heart of the Grandstand


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The racetrack, famously built before we knew of such things, straddled a fault line at the joint of two very active plates. As a result, fissures spread through the walls of the old grandstand like capillaries. The world was tearing it apart naturally.

The New Fear


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Our blood sugar was so high that our wounds
had stopped healing. We were either a tapestry
of Band-Aids or very careful.

The Boundary Waters


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One second he was riding on the river and the next he was in it, watching his canoe float away upside down, its silvery hull a bright line on the dark river.

Scandinavian Grim


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When my mother said
Linda
and looked that look, I could

see it all before me.

Stations in the City


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I think the stations are for everyone, no matter your religious affiliation, because they are a meditation on being human, so I wanted people to see them without the hurdle of having to enter a religious space.

Proof


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from where I was broken I could not flee.

Long Engagement


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The dog / rests her head on my knee. A person is not like a god. / A person is not like a dog.

Time Slice of a Marriage After Fifteen Years


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Sometimes I wish God / would have loved the world less and kept his son.

Go Back and Fetch It


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“Literature…can hold up those things that mainstream society doesn’t believe: that Black people are there. One of my jobs is just holding that up to the light so that everyone can see that they’re there.”

How to Visit a Museum: Disciplines of Availability


|

I’m waiting for that strange experience when a picture speaks, sometimes in a whisper, sometimes with a shout, sometimes with a reverberating silence that pulls me to the edge of a precipice where I’m not sure whether I’ll fall or fly.

The Heart of the Grandstand


|

The racetrack, famously built before we knew of such things, straddled a fault line at the joint of two very active plates. As a result, fissures spread through the walls of the old grandstand like capillaries. The world was tearing it apart naturally.

The New Fear


|

Our blood sugar was so high that our wounds
had stopped healing. We were either a tapestry
of Band-Aids or very careful.

The Boundary Waters


|

One second he was riding on the river and the next he was in it, watching his canoe float away upside down, its silvery hull a bright line on the dark river.

Scandinavian Grim


|

When my mother said
Linda
and looked that look, I could

see it all before me.

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