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