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Magical Negro​ by Morgan Parker

Magical Negro

The High Priestess of Soul’s Sunday Morning Visit to the Wall of Respect​


The Impressionism wing strikes me as too
dainty for my mood, except for one oil painting
by Gustave Caillebotte, Calf’s head and Ox Tongue,
which is described in the wall text as
“visually unpleasant.” A bust of an African woman
bums me out. This year, I cried
at everyone’s kitchen table,
I spit on the street and was late on purpose and stepped
in glass and my dog died and I saw
minuses over and over. I’ll figure it out.
I let a man walk away and then
another one. It has taken me exactly this long
to realise I could have done something else.
I’m being repetitive now but do you ever
hate yourself?​