Public Attention

I would not recognize anyone
whose lynching was preserved
in picture postcards.

I might spot a familiar face
in the raucous crowd.

I do hear mothers wailing
through a history
of dead sons.

We do not know the history
of disappeared women.

No one ever photographed rape
like lynching, then published it
for sale at local gas stations.

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