TS Mag: Poetry

Laynie Browne, Two Poems

“She closed her eyes and remained very still, until she began to feel the language inside her soften, until the gormless dissolved, until gothic overtones rose to the surface, fell and expired into the theatrics supporting her, until her breathing became a succession of cures. What is literature for?”

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Poem by Arisa White: “Two Days After 11/9”

Post-election poem by Arisa White: “I took a walk outside today, / the helicopters are done / with surveillance, protestors / left burning roofs smoldered, / the tears of motherfuckers, down. // Bright nigger stars cause novas / in the parking lot, dice roll, / they exhale their Prop 64, / and I want someone to say / something magical to me, / like they’re a bouncy house / ready to soundbite their way / into believing this was not / our country a week ago.”

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Poem by Lauren Russell: “11-9-16”

Poem by Lauren Russell, following the 2016 US Election. “Distraught in possibility, the men are afraid of becoming redundant, the whites are afraid of going extinct. I say this to my mother, who is white. I say ‘they,’ not ‘you,’ not her, a part of me. 61% European by the DNA test = 0% white by the one drop law, a ghosting.”

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