December 3, 2009

Idris Goodwin

WHY DO THEY CALL BILL CLINTON
THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT?

Perhaps its
Baptist Donkey rides
Mom trailer trips
to McDonalds
Arkansas tire swings
Ya’ll come back now
and smothered biscuits

cant keep it in his pants
wink and a finger gun
Mr. Blue Suit
Dangling cigar ethos
chomped dead by
wise crackers

The degenerate
Half brother showing up
hat in hand

saxophone cheeks

Arsenio Hall’s high pitch giggle
Maya Angelou inaugurates
Toni Morrison seals the deal

Shady-gate back shadow
real estate shenanigans

The don’t ask don’t tell
Matter-of-fact don’t ask
Slick Willie stuff

Perhaps they mean black
like burning sand
smokestack
scud missile
bleak

NAFTA NATO
Outsourced
downsized
Nike made silicon chips
Superhighway

Yugo Bosnian
Somalia Operation
Desert Fox

Kick in the door
flag in the dirt

Pirate’s patch black
Ak-47 black
007’s bow tie black
black like the absence of color

black. maybe
that’s what they mean

from Rattle #31, Summer 2009
Tribute to African American Poets

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