41: Sweeping the States

January 21, 2019 · 5:00
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Sweeping the States
by Jacob Saenz

they move in swift on the Swift
Plants in six states & sift
through the faces to separate
the dark from the light

like meat & seat them in
the back of vans packed tight
like the product they pack
& who’s to pick up the slack

the black & white can’t cut it
so the beef stacks sell single
to feed the pack     the flock
who block passages & clog

the cogs of the machine     the process
not so swift to give & grant a wish
of a place     a stake in the land
handling the steaks for the rest

to take in     to sate the mouths
of the stock who have stock
in the business of beef & beef
with the brown who ground them


“Sweeping the States”, from THROWING THE CROWN by Jacob Saenz. Copyright © 2018 by Jacob Saenz. Used by permission of Copper Canyon Press.

In this episode:

A clip from “Berkeley in the Sixties,” 1990, producer/director: Mark Kitchell