With Respect to a Fellow Poet

by Angela Kubinec

I asked this poet-man

to inscribe

the book I purchased

from him


But he did not like

what he assumed were my

intolerant politics

Since I by

unasked for birth

reside in a place where

the geography of racism is scorched

into the psyche of an entire



it exists in a person

or not


So he

being so fucking

clever wrote a half-drunken

slur on the page

and signed it


Maybe now

he feels like things

are a little more even


But I have

the book

and his signature upon it