Good Writing Break: In Memory of Michael Brown (and Justice)

For everyone sickened by the decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, there’s a powerful and poignant poem by Jason McCall up on Rattle‘s Poets Respond page. Here’s a taste:

It will happen,
an honest mistake
in a hot August classroom.
.
Someone will blink
at the name and swear this
“Michael Brown” can’t be
.
that “Michael Brown.” Or someone
will be too busy with her head down
finishing syllabi to look up and see the flash
.
grenades and tear
gas.
This piece was written the week that Michael Brown was killed, but it still resonates today when Brown’s absence–and the absence of justice in Ferguson–is so keenly felt.
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One response to “Good Writing Break: In Memory of Michael Brown (and Justice)

  1. Pingback: Good Writing Break: Poems That Are Better than “The Ballad of Ferguson, Missouri” | Miss Fickle Reader

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