What Is This Brown Cotton-Skinned Ragdoll Crumpled Behind a Lamp?

Author:Baker, Raquel
Position:Poem
 
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As my friend explained how she just couldn't throw it away how her own dog put the toy in its mouth pulled the limp scarved ragdoll from a basket rescued it from a house in East Tennessee, I felt powerless, fungible like I just couldn't throw it away this history that turned a blackgirl like me into a brown-skinned ragdoll a cotton-skinned dog toy a brown-skinned body made for a dog to catch Raquel Baker, PhD (University of Iowa), MFA (Mills College, California), is...

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