Because It's Monday

And Cornelius Eady is awesome. Here's his "Emmett Till's Glass-Top Casket" from last week's New Yorker:


     By the time they cracked me open again, topside, abandoned in a toolshed, I 
had become another kind of nest. Not many people connect possums with 
Chicago, 

     but this is where the city ends, after all, and I float still, after the footfalls 
fade and the roots bloom around us. The fact was, everything that 
worked for my young man 

     worked for my new tenants. The fact was, he had been gone for years. 
They lifted him from my embrace, and I was empty, ready. That's how the 
possums found me, friend, 

     dry-docked, a tattered mercy hull. Once I held a boy who didn't look like a 
boy. When they finally remembered, they peeked through my clear top. Then their 
wild surprise.   

It's interesting because I don't totally understand this piece, and when I was younger that would have been a problem for me. But within the hour someone in comments will reveal the meaning. For me, the language, and actually the hint of meaning, is enough. I love the sinister "That's how the/possums found me, friend," and the reference to Till as "my young man."
Presented by

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile his neighbor, the patriarch of a 70-acre family farm

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

More in Entertainment

From This Author

Just In