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The Race Poems
The Race Poems

Nathaniel Farrell

illustrated by Steve Dalachinsky

Poetry $5
Out of Print"Get me out of these clothes, they’re bleeding all over me. "


Get me out of these clothes,
they’re bleeding all over me.
War is a retarded dog.
To each their own what’s
coming to them. Dogs
must be beaten with drum
and drumstick. Fire
becomes picture
perfect two-week old
smoke. Busride after
busride where I lived
after I was beheaded.

If gold heads were to roll, things would be dif-
ferent. Straw burns so quickly
and leaves such little ash.

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About the Author

Nathaniel Farrell

Nathaniel Farrell, an educator and poet, was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University in New York. His chapbook The Race Poems—a take on race relations during the Iraq War and the Second Intifada—was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2005. Newcomer (UDP, 2014) is his first book, a long poem set in an undefined American-soil campaign. He has published poems in 6x6, Greetings Magazine, and The Recluse. He currently resides in St. Louis.

Other Contributors

Steve Dalachinsky

Steve Dalachinsky was born in 1946, in Brooklyn, New York right after the last big war and has managed to survive lots of little wars. His work has appeared extensively in magazines and journals (including Tribes, Ratapallax, Evergreen Review, Long Shot, Xtant, The Brooklyn Review). He is included in such anthologies as Beat Indeed, The Haiku Moment, Up is Up But So is Down: NYU Downtown Literary Anthology, the Unbearables anthologies: Help Yourself, The Worse Book I Ever Read, The Big Book of Sex (of which he is a co-editor), and the esteemed Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He has written liner notes for the CDs of many artists including Anthony Braxton, Charles Gayle, James "Blood" Ulmer, Rashied Ali, Roy Campbell, Matthew Shipp and Roscoe Mitchell. His chapbooks include Musicology (Editions Pioche, Paris), Trial and Error in Paris (Loudmouth Collective), Lautreamont's Laments (Furniture Press), In Glorious Black and White (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Mantis: collected poems for Cecil Taylor 1966-2009 (Iniquity Press), and Long Play E.P. (Corrupt Press). (Dalachinsky has also contributed collages to Nathaniel Farrell's UDP chapbook, The Race Poems.) His book of notebooks from Charles Gayle concerts, The Final Nite was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2006 and won the 2007 Josephine Miles PEN National Book Award. With pianist Matthew Shipp, he has collaborated on a book (Logos and Language from Rogueart Press) and a CD, Phenomena of Interference (Hopscotch Records). He is a contributing columnist for The Brooklyn Rail. His memoir, A Superintendent's Eyes, is being reissued by Autonomedia/Unbearables in an expanded edition. He lives in New York City.