Katherine Morgan | Post Cards at the New York Historical Society – The MOON magazine

Post Cards at the New York Historical Society

I am in the room with these black
and white picture post cards – made
to share the lynching with faraway friends

or keep as a souvenir – sell
to a collector to frame and hang
and I am in the room, my heart

beats in my throat – each photo
depicts a new corpse – burned first,
whipped first, naked, handcuffed.

I want to look away, but to do so seems
strange cowardice, some denial
these noosed men don’t deserve.

My white face reflects in the glass,
complicit witness in the crowd.

– Katherine Morgan

Source: Katherine Morgan | Post Cards at the New York Historical Society – The MOON magazine

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