Posted from the white poet’s neighborhood

Black Poets, White Poets,

all dead in a hundred years

We are few, we are powerless

The words we speak sound ferocious

but fall empty against the backs of the masses

masses shoveling

the dead bodies of the last generation

into the shallow graves of history

to occasionally be dug up and re examined

As discussed earnestly over coffee and or whiskey

The Dead, The Dead, The Dead!

your dead, and mine

Waves of humans wasted in lives

of drones

oppression, reproduction and dying

is you death better than my death

is my life more than yours? is my whiteness worth its weight?

why? how? this system is old and long time f*cked up

Do you have return postage for white poets?

How much does it cost to mail this letter?

Lay me out more young dead black men,

lay them all out,

until we kill the one

the one that could save us

Lay out our white dead bodies

ravaged by ignorance fear and hatred

a long line of dead people

killed by their whiteness

killed by killing the humanness

of the non white

Posted from the white poet’s neighborhood


About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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2 Responses to Posted from the white poet’s neighborhood

  1. Thank you! It is hard to imagine this is controversial, but it appears to be…. You know, when I was a little kid and stupid stuff was happening, that was sad, but its been 50 years, and in some ways, and with a large number of people, one wonders if anything has really changed….

  2. mark heyne says:

    Hi Tony! Thats a dynnamic poem you’ve got there! and potentially controversial!

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