Black History Month (As Told By My Spam Folder)

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(left aligned text) (checkbox) WikiHow (right aligned text) Fwd: 28 Ways to remember Blacks exist this month! 
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Subject: How Do I Put It? 
My existence can be boiled down 
to a litany of companies trying 
to sell back to me their abuses. 
My freedom is conditional and therefore 
worth only as much as I'm willing 
to subscribe. My life cannot be bought 
but it can be marketed to. Question: 
If a Black person is alive but no one 
is around to profit off of them, 
do they make a sound? A different way: 
Can anyone hear me when I ask 
to be left alone? What are my wishes 
worth? Does the hand that feeds me 
reach out to smother me in my sleep? 
Does anyone see the hand? If 
it kills me, who lays claim to my 
bones? How much will it make them?

(Please click on the images and use the zoom function to read the poem. A transcript is available in the ALT text.)

Learn My Curls

Call me by my name. Say it / with the familiarity and reverence / of a spoken prayer.

On a Hot Night

our boy coiled in tenebrous cloak / at the sunrise window