This poem is taken from Stand 232, 19(4) January - March 2022.

Janice N. Harrington Two Poems
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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