EZEKIEL BLACK

 

Sweep Away 

 
to 
end the era 
dominated by 
 
tables—a bold, 
even radical depar- 
ture from 
 
formality and statis 
—would 
reduce 
 
the rich 
to 
lint 
 
They 
 
use the middle-class 
like 
s_o 
 
much 
ice 
 
Mr. police[man] 
is 
already 
eating 

l_E_g 


r_ive 


will 
 
red ink 
 
bubble 
 
in a 
quagmire 
 
swollen 
 
as a 
rat? ink 
 
reflected 
 
on 
the 
remains? 

rat 
 
this 
 
d_e_a_d 
 
tells us 
more 
 
lurk over that horizon: sooner or 
later we’re going to have to 
 
find 




 
. There’s only 
ink 
in the midst 
, for now. 


Ezekiel Black is a Lecturer of English at The University of North Georgia. Before this position, he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he received an MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry and reviews have appeared in Verse, Sonora Review, Tarpaulin Sky, InDigest, Drunken Boat, CutBank, iO, Umbrella Factory Magazine, Barrelhouse Magazine, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and elsewhere. Lastly, he edits the audio poetry journal Pismire.