Death of a Nativist by Ryan Black

Winner of the 2016 PSA Chapbook Fellowship

Death of a Nativist by Ryan Black, selected and introduced by Linda Gregerson

Edition: 500 copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson, with covers by Charlotte Flory.


In a dark time, mindfulness and generous connection are the only possible recourse. Death of a Nativist gives me heart.

—Linda Gregerson

Skip to My Lou

Junior hustles near The Showboat
playing Bitch for sneakers.

He’s got a handle, can go left or right,
through you or over you. They call him

Man-Child or Sweet Sweet-Jesus or
Skip-to-My-Lou because he stands upright

and skips down the court daring you
to reach. When his daughter needs milk,

Junior plays for dollars. He’s got eyes
like wet cement. Sticking Junior is like

finding your name in a graveyard.

All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

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