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John Keene

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John Keene

John Keene’s most recent poetry collection is Playland (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016). He chairs the department of African American and African studies and teaches English and creative writing at Rutgers University–Newark. The recipient of a 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, he lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

by this poet

When you said people did you mean punish?
        	When you said friend did you mean fraud?
When you said thought did you mean terror?
        	When you said connection did you mean con?
When you said God did you mean greed?
                When you said faith did you mean fanatic?
When you said hope did you mean