May/June 2018 • Vol. XL No. 3 Nature's (Human) NatureMay 1, 2018 |

Parable of the Groundhog

At the Cut—a prison where cities get lost to time— everyone knows the story of the groundhog.     People remember who told them— the damn rodent that could climb. Or at least did before the rest of it happened. Tasha told me. This was after I'd driven thirteen hours,     I-95 from New York to Richmond to Jessup, visiting prisons. I'd missed a Greyhound; whisky & bad memories kept me. Left me renting a car & asking the patron     saint of fools to keep my eyes open. Bon Air, a juvie prison in Virginia, & the Cut, a max in Jessup, Maryland, waiting. I left Bon Air with images of kids flicking     their tassels from right to left, tossing caps into the air, surrounded by razor wire. Every state still turns men into numbers. & I tell Tasha, there's not a city     in this country where I can feel free. The things that can be both true & absurd are enough to befuddle anyone: time is so fucking inex

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Reginald Dwayne Betts
Reginald Dwayne Betts is the father of two sons, Micah and Miles. He is the author of the poetry collection Bastards of the Reagan Era and the memoir A Question of Freedom. Currently, he is an Emerson Fellow at New America.

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