Thursday, July 20, 2017

"800 Days: Libation" by Tiana Clark

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July 20, 2017

800 Days: Libation

Tiana Clark

About This Poem


"For this elegy, my intent was to interrogate trauma through psychic negation coupled with a lack of punctuation. I wanted to look without looking at Black death caged by great violence and breathlessness. It's a privilege to turn away from news that makes us uncomfortable; however, Ta-Nehisi Coates insists that '…all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this.'"
—Tiana Clark


Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016). She is an MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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