August 3, 2016
LGBTQ Poets Respond to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting
— for Orlando, 12 June 2016
DJ, please don't stop the tactical squad from musicing
through the room like millions of bullets of sound
put some bass in your flee as you watch those around
you fall — hate will still live afterward, past these
beautiful souls on the ground, but don't let it live
in you — love doesn't stalk in with an AR-15 and make
us realize that death drops were practice for a life
we thought we could escape — but where the exit sign?
smoke machine churns — what is bomb, what isn't?
oh my sweet America, must we explode for love?
grew up in Zimbabwe as the child of missionaries. A queer writer, he lives and teaches in Memphis, TN, where he uses poetry therapy to help people with eating disorders. His work has appeared in [PANK], Superstition Review, Duende, One
, and Rock & Sling
. He recently translated the play Dreams
by Günter Eich into English. Read more at https://memphisjon.wordpress.com/
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