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Editor’s note: Boston Review first published this poem from Claudia Rankine’s That Were Once
Cornel West makes the point that hope is different from American optimism. After the initial presidential election results come in, I stop watching the news.
As she could not applaud the mothers and fathers, their slithering climb, Liv was there ah ah ahing
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