from "Overview is a Place"
Difficult to pinpoint
fear of self, uncoiled.
specter unstrung, staggering stampede. Which
sung? left the body open for the moon to break into,
Give a thought, Jane: Did filth
begin in conversation? drag
the mood through before escaping the ugliness. Not to
dwell on but overhear footsteps again
not immune, then dumdum
bullet templed. rip the mind out. go ahead.
From The End of the Alphabet (Grove Press, 1998). Reprinted with permission of the author.
Born in Jamaica in 1963, Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014), which received the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2013 to 2018.
Date Published: 2001-07-20
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/overview-place