Poem: ‘The Genesis of Torture’

In the beginning
we will all wear black hoods

Our faces will be hidden from history
Someone will tie a cruel footnote to our genitals

It might be our neighbor
disguised as God

E. Ethelbert Miller is an award-winning poet, director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies, and contributor to Foreign Policy In Focus. His interviews are a regular feature of Fiesta.