Pantoum Found in Eric Garner’s Last Words

Today, the same day it was announced that the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death will not be indicted, my poem, “Pantoum Found in Eric Garner’s Last Words” went up on Entropy Magazine’s series of poems bearing witness to recent events of police brutality. I wrote it right after it happened back in July, and it’s saddening that it’s still relevant, that his command “this stops today” still hasn’t been heeded. The best way I could respond was by using the man’s own words; each of the lines are taken from the video (below) of his death.

 

 

In much less maddening news, one of my poems “On Miracles” is being performed at Emotive Fruition next Tuesday, December 9, 7pm at Botanic Lab Bar on 86 Orchard Street.

Reading/Ink.ed

Friends:

I am giving my first poetry reading in a few months Wednesday night at 7:30 pm for Ink.ed MFA, a new literary series bringing together NYC-area MFA students and recent alumni (I am also poetry editor for Ink.ed). Hope you can make it!

 

10609660_697015967537_8280607657058036805_n

 

reading

Friends: I’m back in New York, and giving a poetry reading on Sunday evening with some other lovely folks. Hope to see you there. (Unfortunately, I disabused myself of a rather epic ‘stache before realizing this would be a ‘Movember’ reading).

Sunday 6pm

Two Moon Cafe

315 4th Ave

Brooklyn

https://www.facebook.com/events/534920316591849/

 

Pantoum by Bob Kaufman

One of my found pantoums, “Pantoum by Bob Kaufman” is up today on B O D Y. Although Kaufman has been my favorite poet (and his face tattooed on my back) for several years, he always said he wanted to die completely anonymously, which must make me a real prick for constantly reminding everybody of his existence.

In other news, I’m off to Dar es Salaam tomorrow to participate in the second annual Swahili Hip-Hop Exhibition. If anyone happens to find themselves in the area, don’t miss it!

Swahili Hip-Hop Exhibition 2013

Swahili Hip-Hop Exhibition 2013

two “speculative” poems

It’s only in the past couple years that I became aware of “speculative” as a literary category, and only in the last year or so that it occurred to me some of my poems might fit the description.

Yesterday and the day before, two of my poems appeared online in “speculative poetry” issues.

First, “The God Zoo”, which originally appeared in Rattle’s Winter 2012 issue.

Second, “Kinnings”, in Jersey Devil Press, for their innaugural poetry issue.

However, the best sample of speculative writing to appear on the internet in the last twenty-four hours was not written by me, but rather by an anonymous Craiglist user, “Missed Connection – m4w”.

Enjoy.