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September 27, 2016
 

The Lost Woods as Elegy for Black Childhood

 
Derrick Austin
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About This Poem

 

“In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, a video game I loved as a child, the lost woods is a maze-like level full of music that transformed children who wandered in into monsters known as skull kids. Though they were trapped forever, they always looked like they were having fun playing flutes and being tricksters. I wrote this poem thinking about Korryn Gaines’s son, thinking about the nightmare of racial violence and about what space allows black children to dream and play without fear.
—Derrick Austin

 

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions, 2016). He teaches at the University of Wisconsin and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Poetry by Austin

 

Trouble the Water

(BOA Editions, 2016) 

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