National Poetry Month Day 4: Randall Horton

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THE GREATEST DISAPPEARING ACT EVER CONSTRUCTED AS MORALITY

                                                 the boy
grows up in a post-structural box. a perfect
      how to erase someone blueprint—: race
& the imagination. color does not fade—
                                                 in a cell
[sterile white or solid gray]     four walls
      [brick or concrete] form a container to contain.   or:
we begin with &/or make a case that—
                                                 .or.
more specifically: black & brown bodies
      are predestined & preordained
as disposable commodities of an unseen war.

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Photograph of Randall Horton by Diane Alford.


Randall Horton, originally from Birmingham, Alabama is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, the GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction for Hook: A Memoir (2015), Poet-in-Residence at the Civil Right Corpse, and, most recently, a Right to Return Fellowship from the Soze Foundation. Randall is also a member of the band Heroes Are Gang Leaders, a group whose unique blend of blues, jazz, funk, hip hop, go-go, R&B, soul, classical music, poetry, dramaturgy and prose, continues the legacy of Amiri Baraka and received the American Book Award for Oral Literature. The University of Kentucky Press is the publisher of his latest poetry collection {#289-128}. More from this author →