Si­lencer on the Ar­rest of Pro­fes­sor Henry Louis Gates Jr. af­ter Sass­ing an Of­fi­cer Who As­sumed He’d Un­law­fully En­tered His Own Home

The Iowa Review - - CONTENTS - Mar­cus Wicker

So first you saw this: Pitch, gum­ming a two party wagon wheel—mule. Be­fore the cart be­fore the cartwheel­ing wheel. Af­ter, mule sus­pended in ac­tion pose across Sports Il­lus­trated. See the mule saunter forth: low smoke oxbow­ing a man­i­cured maze of hedges. When a man is made of ghosts & soot, bro­ken, stuck in a time loop, he’s a fixed in­ter­loper in at least one di­men­sion. When a man is a con­cept made of ash & schol­ar­ship, ivory the­ses, fac­tu­ally sound ar­gu­ments it’s easy to for­get he’s been granted a key that sticks. If/then/when he is ground.

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