There is no protection. To be female in this place is to be an open wound that cannot heal. Even if scars form, the festering is ever below.
Social conversation was impossible for her because she could not lie.
I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.
This soil is bad for certain kinds of flowers. Certain seeds it will not nurture, certain fruit it will not bear, and when the land kills of its own volition, we acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live.
But I been headin' in this direction for seven years. Walking all around this place. Upstate, downstate, east, west. I been to territory ain't got no name. Never stayin' nowhere long. But when I got here, and sat out there on the porch waitin' for you, I knew it wasn't the place I was headin' toward, it was you.
A lot of black people believe that Jews in this country have become white. They behave like white people rather than Jewish people.