The Total Black Being Spoken from the Earth’s Inside
Title from Audre Lorde’s ‘Coal’
Black soil, black prairies, bituminous coal.
Here street signs say: Attucks, King, Douglas, Carver.
The Potawatomies’ ‘Smells Like Muskrat Scent’: settlers called it
niggerhead: botanists say narrow-leafed purple coneflower or Echinacea augustifolia: I show you an oil painting on a Black woman’s shelf.
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