Wednesday, April 12, 2017

the valley of its making by Nate Marshall

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April 12, 2017

the valley of its making

Nate Marshall

About This Poem


"'the valley of its making' is a poem I wrote thinking about the movement for Black lives and my partner. She does a lot of work as an organizer and in our conversations we often think through what it means to believe in freedom even given the harsh realities of an imperfect world. The poem is thinking about how love can be one of those sites of freedom."
—Nate Marshall


Nate Marshall is the author of Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015). He is the director of national programs of Young Chicago Authors and lives on the South Side of Chicago.


Photo credit: Reginald Eldridge

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Wild Hundreds

(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015)

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