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  • Instructions From the Flight Crew to a Poet of African Descent Living in a State of Emergency

Cave Canem: A Special Section

First, Secure your own oxygen.

Breathe normally, Then teach the children.

Be not deceived. Be not of two minds.

We are inadequate Gasping, fighting for air.

Treasure your song.

Walk to the river Give thanks at the grotto

Memorize poplar trees Imitate barn swallows

Be still. Let the deer Look into your eyes

Kate Rushin

Kate Rushin is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Visiting Writer in African American Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

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