Tennessee; July 26, 1980

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Tennessee; July 26, 1980
My razor swallows a piece of my neck.
I give it some water.
The newspaper's black song
has revoked the library cards
of two Klansmen
for shooting up a Black girl
and the Chattanooga brothers
are restless and building barricades.
Hospitals yawn Lysol in the Southern night
and the photo of Dr. King holds court
in a million living room arguments
over kind and degree.