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King Me    

King Me

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Poetry,

King Me    

by Roger Reeves

From a horse witnessing the lynching of Emmett Till to Mikhail Bulgakov chronicling the forced famines in Poland in the 1930s, “King Me” examines the erotics of care and the place of song, elegy, and praise as testaments to those moments. As Roger Reeves said in an interview, “While writing “King Me,” I became very interested in the mythology of king, the one who is sacrificed at the end of the harvest season. . . . For me, the myth manifests in the killing of young black men, Emmett Till, and in the ways America deems young, black male bodies as expendable–Jean Michel Basquiat, Mike Tyson, Jack Johnson. These are the young kings whom we love to kill–over and over again.”

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