Sweeping the States

By Jacob Saenz 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

Source: Poetry (November 2007).

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This poem originally appeared in the November 2007 issue of Poetry magazine

November 2007
 Jacob  Saenz

Biography

Poet and editor Jacob Saenz was born in Chicago and raised in Cicero, Illinois. He earned a BA in creative writing from Columbia College in Chicago. Saenz has been an editor at Columbia Poetry Review and an associate editor at RHINO. He works as an acquisitions assistant at the Columbia College library and has read his poetry at a number of Chicago venues. A CantoMundo fellow, he has also been the recipient of a Letras Latinas . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Activities, Jobs & Working, Social Commentaries, Money & Economics, Race & Ethnicity, Class

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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