• The Professor

    Shane McCrae

    Spring 2021

    The air is colder than the light in the air

    No fog  no smoke  but the light hangs on the air

    Like fog  like smoke  I’m walking to the bakery

    On Amsterdam  across from the cathedral


    A middle-aged  man wearing a tweed cap and

    A limp blue Members Only jacket passes me

    And a black face mask with a white skull

    Printed on it  but death is a professor everywhere


    What have you learned he asks

    What do you know

    Shane McCrae's most recent books are Sometimes I Never Suffered and The Gilded Auction Block, both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.

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