Frank Carson Intro to Poetry Writing Prof Bcieskowski01/16/18Poetry Response 2The poem I choseto respond to in this poetry response is Morgan Parker’s “All TheyWant is My Money My Pussy My Blood.” This poem does a really good job of makingone very aware that one may never really understand what it really means tohave someones or anyone’s identity reduced to the color of their skin,nationality, or religion. The writer of the poem starts with a linethat grabs your attention really well with the line “I am free with thefollowing conditions,” vastly cluing the reader of the poem in the center ofthe poem. I think that Parker wants us to think that this line plays withthe theory of USA being “free”. That isthe way everyone has been taught to view the nation.
A lot of People can believewhat they want to believe. Most people can eat what they want to eat. Mostpeople can also walk where they want to walk. Not everyone in this country hasthat luxury every day. Then the piece goes on with a realization that is both scaryand very important. The author says in the poem “I do whatever I want because Icould die any minute” and then the other line “There’s far too many of medying.” The author probably included this in the poem because, the lines talkabout all the fears for a good majority of people of color in the United Statesand in today’s world in general.
I also think that Parker wrote this line becauseof all the police injustice. Throughout the years there has been a lot of copsabusing power and killing innocent African Americans. That is also a very hardtruth to handle for some people in todays society. Also, the author’s explanation of her past times as a tourguide also adds another experience that I would never have understood on myown.
“At school, they learned that Black people happened, I’m lookinginto their Black faces”. When the authorwrote this it really shocked me into thinking about how it’s not as simple as learninga lot about Black history as people may think. I think parker is trying totell us in the poem that people don’t get taught about the history of AfricanAmericans, we just brush over it in schooling systems, people also really hinderthem from gaining an important part of their real cultural identity. At the end of the poem “All They Want is MyMoney My Pussy My Blood” really goes back to the problems shown in the beginning.
This is an intangible idea of being safe and being free. I think Parker triedto tell us is that these are the many things that people in today’s world takefor granted too often. Parker’s poem also makes me wonder, what can peoplereally do to get rid of the awful circumstance of racism in America? This poemis a great piece on social awareness and really put me in the shoes of a personthat goes it in this country.