Tracie Morris is a poet, performer and professor. She's performed on over 20 musical recordings. She's also the author of a chapbook and two full-length poetry collections. Morris has studied at Hunter College, New York University, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She's the coordinator of Performance + Performance Studies at Pratt Institute.
How Many Crows Does It Take to Make a Murder?
After Duriel E. Harris’ He Who Fights With Monsters
for Kerry James Marshall and Raymond Patterson
How many black birds along a tree?
How many blacks on a tree?
How many on a tree?
How many backs to a tree?
How many backs like a tree?
How many blackened trees?
How much coal? How many caws on the tree’s top?
How many cauls along branches?
(How many trees?)
How many leaves?
How do the blacks leave?
How many ﬂee?
How many hearts up a sleeve? How many black black strings across?
So so many. So so so many, many.
© 2020 Tracie Morris
Tracie Morris worked in the Nef studio.
Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…