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April 1975

By Reuben Jackson

Should my black
Flatlander eyes
Lock on the other
Brother
In the General Store?

The first I’ve seen
Since what seems like.…

I can’t count that high

Do I pretend I don’t see
Other people
pretending not to see us?

Two brothers
Buying
Triscuits
And peanut butter,
Respectively,
In Northern New England,
Is revolution
On a Sunday
Afternoon.

Added: Thursday, May 18, 2017  /  Used with permission.
Reuben Jackson
Photo by Stephanie Seguino.

Reuben Jackson is the host of Friday Night Jazz on Vermont Public Radio. He was curator of the Duke Ellington Collection at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC for 20 years. His music reviews have been published in The Washington Post, Jazz Times, on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and in other journals and magazines. Reuben is also a poet whose work has appeared in over 30 anthologies and in a volume entitled fingering the keys. He lives in Winooski, Vermont.

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