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Alex Cuff

The title of this poem is the Virginia Statute of 1691 states that whosoever English or other white man or woman, bond or free, shall intermarry with a Negro, mulatto, or Indian man or woman, bond or free, he shall within three months be banished from this dominion forever.

my mother says there’s nothing

wrong with marrying one

except that it would be selfish

to not think of the children


Alex Cuff is a poet and public school teacher living in Brooklyn. She’s a graduate of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and co-founding editor of No, Dear.


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