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She says he was telling a dirty joke about Asian women working in a sweatshop in Orange County, sewing Ku Klux Klan robes & hoods for The Redneck Discount somewhere in South Carolina, as Mary Black sang “Bright Blue Rose” on the jukebox, when the whine of airbrakes & raw squeal of Goodyear tires signaled the rig’s thunderous crash through the Sundowner’s neon facade, that it’s funny how no one else was hurt when the truck uprooted the big redbud out front & showered the whole day with flowers & bone.

Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa is author of six collections of poems, including Dien Cai Dau, Magic City, and Neon Vernacular, which received the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the Kingsley Tufts Award. He teaches at Indiana University, Bloomington.


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