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  Winter 2002
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American Family Poems #1

Charles Fort

Uncle Speaks at His Supper

There was a holiday dinner
with candlelight and a demon
its steam rising out of its nostrils
claws raking crumbs under the table.
The uncle of his two daughters
spoke of the nigger in his heart
overheard by the host and seated
taught by his parents to play
his hate to half the world.
At night his amputee father
kicks his foot at the world
that left him disabled and thirsty
undressed and begging for a sugar cube
as the voices of family danced in his head.