Barbara Ungar – PRIVILEGE (or, WHY WE CALL THE LAKE BDE MAKA SKA)

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I am swimming on this hot May day
on a deserted beach in my white skin

I learned to swim in Minneapolis lakes,
one named after a slave-owner, Calhoun

Every time I put my face in I hear

I can’t breathe

and feel the knee on my neck

but I keep swimming


Learn more about Loon Lake: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bde_Maka_Ska

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Barbara Ungar
Barbara Ungar’s fifth book, "Save Our Ship", winner of the Richard Snyder Memorial Prize from Ashland Poetry Press, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019 and won a Benjamin Franklin award in the Independent Book Publishers Awards. Prior books include "Immortal Medusa", named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015; "Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life"; "Thrift"; and "The Origin of the Milky Way", which won the Gival Prize and a silver medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards. A professor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, she lives in Saratoga Springs.