The Only Poem You Need To Arm Yourself With In Trump’s America

In a recent video by Mitu, Dominican poet Elizabeth Acevedo, who we’ve interviewed here, performs her gripping piece, “What I Learned To Be True” while visiting Washington D.C.

From the Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials, to the National Mall, Acevedo uses powerful imagery and expertly braids a comparison to Noah’s Ark to navigate her feelings about the results of Election Night (Nov. 8).

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“If trauma be inherited, so be resilience, so be survival,” she waxes on what she’s learned to be true in the aftermath of Donald Trump as president-elect. “Like my people don’t come from machete swingers, like my people ain’t cut cane that would tower over any man […] But an ark is not a country and we were never the sheep. We were always the flood. The black and brown and undocumented and Muslim and queer and trans and woman, and we are rising and we are rising and we are rising. Don’t you see? We will cover this whole damn country before we ever recede.”

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Watch Acevedo in action: