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.