Nate Marshall

1st love song to the black girl at smart camp

you are all
the white
girls’ cute
in just you.

your color,
1 lovely freckle,
unending, unerring,
the right brown.

even before i saw you
every kid on campus
sung your song
to me: she is your

type, your kind
of girl, you like
it like how
she is

Nate Marshall is from Chicago. His first book, Wild Hundreds, is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. He is a Cave Canem Fellow and a Zell Postgraduate Fellow at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the poetry collective Dark Noise. He is also a rapper.