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How Do You Write A Poem When the first line might trumpet “Guilty as charged!” but the second reminds you that three -- Thao, Lane, Kueng -- of the four have yet to be tried? And when there are no rhymes for Daunte, Ma’Khia, Toledo is free verse a dishonor to those with liberty and life no longer? Does it risk being con- fused as celebration for the bad crabapples who with qualified immunity and no consequences roam unimpeded among the young and vulnerable? How do you determine line breaks or stanza breaks in a system so broken no one believes the math that counts up the individual incidents that show the fractured bones of the haunting skeletal hole? Where do you end a verse when police shooting unarmed people and armed people shooting unarmed people pedal the news cycle in a perpetual motion exercise burning not calories but lives going nowhere but here clips loading and unloading and unloading and loading in the parodic parade of end-of-childhood fever nightmares
©David Siller – 2021
For the first 100 days of the Biden administration, this website will feature a new poem of What’s Next!? These pieces can be calls to action, calls to attention, or calls to anger. They will light the way and guide the fight. They will get us moving and keep our momentum. They will be filled with hope, with anger, with sorrow. They will get us into good trouble and point out the trouble we need to stop. They will be polished gems, or rough-cut drafts of rage, or in-process pieces searching for peace. They may be haiku or tanka, limericks or lyrics, verses free or fettered.
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