Why don’t I write poems about Ida B. Wells,
Memphis founder of sociology documenting
lynching Ida B. Wells activist suffragette
I made an Ida B. Wells poster once why
do I write most of the time about women who have chickens
or the man I met at the 34th Street subway stop
just arrived from Georgia a country he said was in
in the Caucus region of Eurasia. Can I practice
English on you he asked. I will ask one question.
Only one he said in case I would change my mind.
Do you go to the psychiatrist?
he asked. Yes I said. And he got on the train and I
told this story to the psychiatrist and asked her
why I don’t write about Ida B. Wells.