Mar/Apr 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 2 Poetry |

trickle-down theory

‪there is no turning back my feet carry me across the rocks like a mistake an animal makes only once and like that i’m off.‬ ‪ ‬ freedom is an animal the president mounts on his wall. if we think someone wants to hang us we will hang ourselves first. privilege is just such a word. i am wondering over pills. i am crisscrossing the comforter and trying not to cry. a million people are hoping that i die. some will say outright (and others never say) that my people ought to hold tractors in their backs, their eyes should move the way hours fall away. underfoot, where oceans make return all the children of the gray. i am petroleum. i sit in the dark and make power. those who are used to taking will be caught off guard by reaching out for me one night and finding nothing.

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Keith S. Wilson
Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He has received three scholarships from Bread Loaf as well as scholarships from MacDowell, UCross, Millay Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center. Keith serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Four Way Review and Digital Media Editor at Obsidian Journal. His work has appeared or is appearing in Poetry, Adroit Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Narrative, 32 Poems, Blueshift Journal, and Vinyl. Additionally, he won a Best of the Net Award.

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