Martha Collins

white paper #46
October 12, 2011 Collins Martha

[white paper #46]


Obama Waffles Mix
sold at Values Voter
Summit September

2008 in a yellow
box with an Aunt
Jemima version

of the candidate
on the front wide
eyes thick lips and on

the top flap the candidate
in Muslim dress and on
the back the candidate

in Mexican sombrero
with a recipe for Open
Border waffles to serve

illegal aliens all
the same African
American terrorist

immigrant not
white like the stuff
in the box

which cannot be
eaten and enjoyed
until mixed and browned

Martha Collins’ tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019), won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Other recent collections are Admit One: An American Scrapbook  (Pittsburgh, 2016) and the paired volumes Day Unto Day and Night Unto Night (Milkweed, 2014, 2018). Her eleventh book, Casualty Reports, will be published by Pittsburgh in October 2022.