Spring 1998 • Vol. XX No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1998 |

Brothers Sausage

The trees told nobody what, that day, we did—we died. Laid down with our cans of deviled ham & closed our eyes—two valises full of Van Camp's Pork & Beans— the city an idea shining far behind & we were not afraid just terrified of bears, of basic black—the night— white hunters with their plaid & pop-guns sleep was our bag—a body—we began to crave our beds even empty & unmade as a mind—the silence & sounds of nature scared us WORLD WORLD FAMOUS— EST 1897 COTTON, SLAVES, IN MAY A DERANGED— this Indianland given no heed, taken back & turned to park— BEEF PORK SALT WATER CORN SYRUP SOLIDS guns loaded like a question, aimed—imagine— shhhh—be vewy vewy quiet, we're hunting wabbits— DARWIN. ALLAH. BUDDHA. BLUE RIBBON. MALCOLM X VS. AL JOLSON—whistling Dixie, we pack up like meat—ACME— to the city—

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Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems, 1995–2015. His Book of Hours was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Prize; his book The Grey Album won the PEN Open Award, the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. This essay has been adapted from Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, longlisted for the National Book Award.

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