Turning people into furniture is easier than you think

For Terrance Hayes, April 2014 (re: Antebellum House Party, New Yorker, Feb? 2014)

CC0 / Nathan Lemon

Do antiquers refuse to see
Furniture is but a broken tree?
They chop her down and off her roots.
They split her middle, foot by foot.
Her many pieces they allot
To any millers in the pot.
And then they build what they tore down
To narrow ends which yet abound.
What was God’s tree is standing dead,
Her body mangled, root to head.
If from that form she stays unbroken
Their achievement is merely token.


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