the fare-well letters [excerpt]
dear ink jet, black fast. greasy lightning. won't smear. won't rub off. defense: a visual screen: ask an octopus (bioaquadooloop). footprints faster than a speed- ing bully, tracking dirt all over the page. make every word count. one. two. iamb. octoroon. half-breed. mutt. mulatto. why are there so few hybrids on the road? because they can't reproduce. trochee choking okay mocha. ebony, by contrast, says so much.
From the new black, published by Wesleyan University Press. Copyright © 2011 by Evie Shockley. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.