“White can’t oust / its own system.”





In the coming days we will be posting passages from Graywolf writers, starting today with Claudia Rankine's very appropriate poem “Sound & Fury,” published earlier this year in the New Yorker. You can read an excerpt below and you can read the full poem here.


    If people could just come clean about their pain

    the being at a loss when just being white

    is not working. Who said there is no hierarchy

    inside white walls? Who implied white owns

    everything even as it owns nothing? But white

    can’t strike its own structure. White can’t oust

    its own system. All the loss is nothing

    next to any other who can be thrown out.

    In daylight this right to righteous rage doubles

    down the supremacy of white in this way.