Category Archives: race

White-Black Supremacy Sonnet

There’s a measure of White Supremacy

In our Blackness’s complex alchemy

This identity takes complacency

So that we do the work of hatred, see?

For individual identities

Have been put in conflict with each other

Because of artificial scarcities

We are set to have brother kill brother

It’s an artificial zero sum game

Where egos must have winners & losers

(For it is impossible we’re the same)

& hence society favors bruisers

Remember the suspicion you feel

Is a key part of racism’s raw deal

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-metro-timi-oyebola-suspect-brooklyn-20181001-story.

I Weary of These Infernal Patterns

Toxic Masculinity in The Bronx

Toxic Masculinity’s protection
Offers underdeveloped egos Black
Kinda venal form of compensation
To surmount the simulacrum of lack

“Shit rolls down hill” the old adage reports
Zora Neal said, then Yoko Ono too
“Woman’s [truly] the nigger of the [Earth]”
(So their diminished status makes Black men blue)

“Sexism is all a brother’s got left
In this commodified society”
Some say I oversimplify in jest
(Such is my academic piety)

But rest assured this “crazy nigger killed”
To get his masculinity refilled
http://gothamist.com/2017/07/01/bronx_hospital_shooter_henry_bello.php

Bland Warm Beer

Bland Warmbier

Sandra Bland & Otto Warmbier are
Obverse sides of the law-&-order coin
One’s intercontinental travel went far
The other got the role of oppressed toy

Both existences are tragic stories:
Good people done in by crooked systems
Their tales of injustice tired & hoary:
They might well be Old Testament lessons

But our media will defend but one
Defending the undefendable way
Our brutal racist system deals with some
Lamenting Otto Warmbier’s sad display

So as you surf the internet notice
How racism is a given: know this!

HP Lovecraft Revisited Sonnet

Liv Rainey-Smith

I want to write a Lovecraft styled story
Of unmentionable devil worship
With gothic purple prose so hoary
That readers will follow my judgeship

But instead of casting shade on “mongrel
Cults of 3rd world brown associations”
It will track the horrors of Brown and Yale
(& those bourgeois white affiliations)

I’ll show how Zuckerberg, Gates & Buffet
Worship the tentacle faced deity
& the invisible hand men suffers
To perform ghoulish impropriety

The racist cruelty of H.P. Lovecraft
Describes the 1%’s bloodthirsty laugh

Exotic Queens



Working class Queens is as exotic

As Tibet, Samarkand or Guyana

But to see it’s a trip quixotic

You leave New York for this nirvana

New York fled Manhattan years ago

The place anyone could live is gone

To the outer boroughs we did flow

From the wave of wealth we fled anon

While Brooklyn has the wealthy virus

Queens remains open territory

Un conquered by 1%’s Cyrus

All nations are in inventory

Most of Queens remains ungentrified

Because here neighborhoods never died

Racism’s Reason Sonnet



Racist outrages shock our consciences
Shootings, lynchings & incarcerations
Call into question myths of justice’s
True mechanical machinations 

Shortcomings continue year after year
Confounding well intentioned people
But it doesn’t take demographers near
To see that this system’s been unequal

Reform never gets any real traction
Because this constitution benefits
Our Caucasian affirmative action
Which, good white people quietly admit

Racism is no accident for us

It is white people’s social insurance



The Show Me State

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(Today’s Haiku Journal on Ferguson)

9. Do white people know/
The feelings Black people have/
When cops just kill us?/
#haiku

10. Don’t live in ghettos/
Suburban Strip-Mall no-wheres/
Imprisoned by cars/
#Haiku

11. Don’t live in projects/
Lego-stacked suspensions of/
Human civil rights/
#Haiku

12. In our middle class/
Pretentions of normalcy/
Black lives lack value/
#Haiku

13. Our white friends can’t know/
Insecurity we feel/
When Blacks are gunned down/
#Haiku

14. Projects or exurbs/
“They are poor in those ghettoes/
So diff’rent than ‘us'”/
#Haiku

15. But to the dull tool/
Of racist policing we’re/
Just some more niggers/
#haiku

16. Reduce privilege/
And pay the police much more/
We might get justice/
#Haiku

17. Uneducated/
Underpaid police receive/
Unjust Power’s Pay/
#Haiku

18. We need to attract/
Better people to police/
Not red-necked bullies/
#Haiku

19. The black cops we have/
Absorbed the racist power/
Of job they strap on/
#Haiku

20. But many Blacks fear/
Blacks men inordinately/
Just like the police/
#haiku

21. White supremacy/
Lies all over our culture:/
Suffocating snow/
#Haiku

22. We cannot see Blacks/
As just individuals/
In racist matrix/
#Haiku

23. “Devil’s food cake” is/
The national confection/
Of America/
#Haiku

24. It’s “our” racism/
Contrary statements of race/
Are simple “white lies”/
#Haiku

26. Race is a prison/
We reconstruct for ourselves/
We need more jailbreaks/
#haiku

27. Lamenting order/
Over human righteousness/
Suggests racism/
#haiku

28. Tranquility lacks/
The drama of infringement/
Victimization/
#haiku

25. “Faith has to [function]/
[For us] 24 hour [days],/
Or we [will] perish.”/
#Haiku 16

•In The Heart Of The Sea• (haiku review)

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33. Finished history/
Of whaling shipwreck •Essex•/
(Cannibalism)/
#haiku

34. The Inspiration/
For Melville’s book •Moby Dick•/
Was a gripping read/
#haiku

35. Interestingly/
The Blacks were eaten up first/
(Not those who jumped ship)/
#haiku

36. A heroic tale/
Of 19th Century life:/
“Life” wasn’t easy/
#haiku

37. Industrial life/
Aboard floating factories/
Of cetacean death/
#haiku

38a. Wealth cheapens living:/
The search for portable oil/
Displaced men’s labor/
#haiku

38b. Before oil reading/
Required tallow candles made/
Slowly, locally/
#haiku

38c. The cost of reading/
Or any nocturnal light/
Was prohibitive/
#haiku

39a. Ingenious workers/
Industrialized murder/
To enrich a few/
#haiku

39b. Ingenious workers/
Industrialized murder/
To light people’s nights/
#haiku

40. Whale oil lit the night/
Of Victorian bedrooms/
Permitting reading/
#haiku

41. The value of light/
So widely squandered today/
Was a luxury/
#haiku

42. Fine Parlor reading/
Made necessary whale oil/
Ere petroleum/
#haiku

43. Species’ destruction/
That some few might read at night/
(Free-market logic)/
#haiku

44. Men worked factories/
Floating charnel pyres making/
Convenience back home/
#haiku

45a. Inhumane danger/
Is the skeleton of ease/
In whaling’s lamp-light/
#haiku

45b. Inhumane danger/
Is the skeleton of ease/
(Modern convenience)/
#haiku

46. Like petroleum/
Labor is concentrated/
In oily barrels/
#haiku

47. Like petroleum/
We endanger some species/
So some can get rich/
#haiku

48. The logic of wealth/
Rationalizes taking/
For some to have more/
#haiku

49. Whalers risked their lives/
On floating slaughterhouses/
For decent payouts/
#haiku

50. We risk the planet/
For digital convenience/
Fueled by whaling’s heirs/
#haiku

51. The planet marches/
Down the path oil’s wealth has paved/
(Ease “über allës”)/
#haiku

52. The Essex’s men/
Three months at sea without aid/
Lived heroically/
#haiku

53. Difficult living/
Impossible to survive/
There is much to learn/
#haiku

Selfies, Comicon, Cosplay & Desire

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Selfie Haiku Cosplay thoughts
Thursday before class I thought:

1. What is the pleasure/
That we derive from looking?/
What are its effects?/
#haiku

2. Does what we look at/
Suffer any damages/
From desirous gaze?/
#haiku

3. Is anything gained/
From being beauty’s object?/
(Or just the lookers?)/
#haiku

4. What if the beauty/
Comes from clever artifice/
Not biology?/
#haiku

During class on Friday a couple of students argued that selfies, even sexy selfies are not created with pornification in mind. They are made so that the takers can celebrate a day that they felt good about how they looked (of course the porn aesthetic might still be in their double consciousness).

At Comicon on Sunday I went to the comix chix panel assembled by Kate Kotler and I learned about cosplay and people’s motives for dressing up. These haiku combine these related thoughts.

5. Beautiful selfies/
Young women take themselves/
Aren’t “pornography”/
#haiku

6. Some derive pleasure/
Of a prurient nature/
(That’s accidental)/
#haiku

7. Selfies are taken/
To remember that moment/
Keep a night’s beauty/
#haiku

8. Lookers may see porn/
In women’s youthful beauty’s/
Like having Black skin/
#haiku

9. Racists and sexists/
Minimize humanity/
To control the world/
#haiku

10. Obscuring beauty/
To avoid pleasuring pervs/
Lets sexism win/
#haiku

11. Racism won’t end/
When Blacks act just like white folk/
Just like the burqa/
#haiku

12. Police sexism/
Privilege’s deviance/
Is the problem here/
#haiku

13. Selfies like Cosplay/
Are innocent engagement/
In this modern world/
#haiku

14. Lets raise up the floor/
Not lower this world’s ceiling/
On Internet geeks*/
#haiku *girls, life

15. Selfies and Cosplay/
Have parallel importance/
The self and other/
#haiku

16. Personal actions/
Amplified by Internet/
Still people’s choices/
#haiku

17. We should not limit/
Ourselves for those imprisoned/
By pre-fab desire/
#haiku