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Recorded for Poem-a-Day, February 8, 2018.
About this Poem 
“This is an excerpt from a longer project investigating the language and outcomes of the United States’ immigration policing policies. The text in this section comes from the Obama administration's guidelines for Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (since made more draconian by the Trump administration). The longer poem tracks the records of some of the hundreds of detainees who have died in custody, including country of origin and the various jails, detention centers, and other for-profit holding cells in which detainees are held, often indefinitely. Over 2.5 million undocumented immigrants were deported under Obama's regime, often without due process.”
—David Buuck
 

from I.C.E. AGE

The removal of aliens who pose  
[      	 ] shall be ICE’s high [      	 ]
 
These aliens include  [      	 ]
engaged in or suspected of
[      	 ] or who otherwise pose
 
[      	 ] aliens convicted of [      	 ]
particular emphasis [      	 ] and repeat
 
aliens [      	 ] who participated [      	 ]
[       	] subject to outstanding [      	 ]
who otherwise pose [      	 ]  to public safety.
 
 
Aliens who are [       	]  otherwise
obstruct [       	]  fugitive aliens,
in descending priority as [      	 ]
aliens who pose [      	 ]  security;

[      	 ]  or who otherwise pose [      	 ]        	
the community; [      	 ] other than [      	 ];
and [      	 ] who have not been [      	 ];
 
aliens who reenter [      	 ]  in descending
priority as [      	 ]  aliens who pose [      	 ]  
previously removed [      	 ] who other-
wise pose [      	 ]  to the community;

previously removed [      	 ] who have not been
convicted of [      	 ] who obtain
admission or status by [      	 ] ;
otherwise  [  

Copyright © 2018 by David Buuck. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on February 8, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2018 by David Buuck. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on February 8, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

David Buuck

David Buuck

David Buuck’s most recent publications include the chapbook The Riotous Outside (Commune Editions, 2018) and the book Noise in the Face of (Roof Books, 2016). 

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Pent up
in a narrow

compass
and shortened

on every side
by the neigh-

borhood
of walls


These veterans
of future wars

handing out
the PTSD

brieflets
before

the mess
to come

*

Were verbing
swerved

and swayed