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FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF BETWEEN TWO WORLDS


Rev. Pedro Pietri Is On The Other Side by vagabond ©
Rev. Pedro Pietri Is On The Other Side by vagabond ©

“To take you back, I was born in 1898, during the climax of the Spanish/American War. I say 1898 because that was the year that the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico, the year when they colonized us. Now, I was born again in ‘44 to my mother in Ponce, Puerto Rico and again in ’47, at the age of three, when my folks migrated to New York City through the epic of Operation Boot Strap. We’re all part of the casualties of the Inquisition, the American Inquisition.

I also say I was born in 1949, because that’s the day I went to the first theatre with my grandfather, who felt deceived by Operation Boot Strap and committed hara-kiri, but I don’t think it was suicide. He was killed by the system that deceived him, the system that made him sell his land in Borinquen. What happened was the disillusion. The voices in his head were of the Central Intelligence, compelling him to sever his jugular vein. Think about his friends. There’s nobody to talk to, nobody to communicate with, and there’s nothing to go back to, but the industrialization of the island that had deceived so many people. So, that was the first theatre I went to, at Monje’s Funeral Parlor, in a brown suit. Actually, that was my first teaching, or my first awareness of Puerto Rican history. Puerto Ricans die and go to a Puerto Rican funeral parlor. And Monje was a ghoul; he looked like a ghoul. How you going to have the name Monje, and be a proprietor of a funeral parlor? You’ll scare the customers away, but he didn’t scare us away. ”
– Rev. Pedro Pietri
Source La Prensa San Diego 6th, Feb, 2004 

Who the hell is Rev. Pedro Pietri? Rev. Pedro Pierti was one of the original Nuyorican poets. Who were the Nuyorican Poets? The Nuyorican poets were a rag-tag bunch of Puerto Rican who became poets at the literal barrel of US colonialism’s gun. They emerged from the late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s living a schizophrenic existence in exile in the mean streets of New York because Puerto Rico is and continues to be a colony of the United States. Schizophrenic because Americans didn’t want them because they were Puerto Ricans and Puerto Ricans didn’t want them because now they were Americans. The result of that dual schizophrenic existence became the Nuyorican experience. But because Puerto Ricans are good with a blade these poets carved out a space with words and defined the unreality of what it meant to be Puerto Rican outside of Puerto Rico. In the process of doing that the Nuyorican poets grabbed poetry by the ankles turned it upside down and shook the change out its pockets.

No other poet captured the zeitgeist of the Nuyorican experience like Rev. Pedro Pietri. The proof is in the recipe of his 1974 epic poem, Puerto Rican Obituary. That poem was written in the El Barrio (East Harlem, NYC) apartment of Dylcia Pagan a former US held Puerto Rican political prisoner and prisoner of war. Puerto Rican Obituary took the schizophrenic unreality of Puerto Ricans in the ghettos of New York living in between two worlds while simultaneously living in both and wholeheartedly claimed the validity of it, in all of it’s absurdity rather than rejecting it, in all it’s impossibility. In claiming to be in – and – from two different places at once Puerto Rican Obituary led the charge to fuse the fracture of a split existence. The idea of being in – and – from two places at once is a part of the psychological fallout of colonization. Puerto Rico has been a colony of the US since 1898 and was a colony of Spain for almost 400 years before that. What Rev. Pedro Pietri and the other Nuyorican Poets did was painfully, playfully and poetically work through the fracture of being colonized and fuse together a mismatched unreality to recreate what it meant to be Puerto Rican within a fractured colonized existence. Check out this excerpt of Rev. Pedro Pietri reciting Puerto Rican Obituary…

Rev. Pedro Pietri’s poetry could be described as surreal dadaism from the streets. His poetry is filled with resolving the conflicting unreality of living here and there at the same time and in the same space. He flipped the polarizing effects of opposing ideas and made them attract. He used what seemed like nonsense to make sense of a world that’s never made sense. To understand what i’m talking about here is a poem from Rev. Pedro Pietri called Traffic Misdirector from his book Traffic Violations…

TRAFFIC MISDIRECTOR
the greatest living poet
in new york city
was born in Puerto Rico
his name is Jorge Brandon
he is 70 years old
he carries his metaphor
in brown shopping bags
inside steel shopping cart
he travels around with
on the streets of manhattan
he recites his poetry
to whoever listens
& when nobody is around
he recites to himself
he speaks the wisdom
of unforgotten palm trees
the vocabulary of coconuts
that wear overcoats
the traffic lights
of his poems function
without the boring advice
from ac or dc current
book stores & libraries
are deprived of his vibes
to become familiar
with this immortal poet
you have to hang-out
on  street corners
building stoops rooftops
fire escapes bars parks
subway train stations
bodegas botanicas
iglesias pawn shops
card games cock fights
funerals valencia bakery
hunts point palace
pool halls orchard beach
& cuchifrito stands
on the lower east side
the admission is free
his presence is poetry

In 2004 the good right Rev. Pedro Pietri died of stomach cancer which he felt was attributed to his exposure to Agent Orange when he was drafted into the Vietnam War. He may have flipped over to the flip side of life but his vibe and his influences can still be felt on this side…

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DOIN’ THE NUYORICAN THING


DOIN' THE NUYORICAN THING by vagabond ©
DOIN’ THE NUYORICAN THING by vagabond ©

Last year i shot a book video for Sam Diaz Carrion’s book Our Nuyorican Thing: The Birth Of A Self-Made Identity. i never got around to actually cutting it though and i felt bad because Sam’s an amazing person, a completely underrated poet that could easily be forgotten and this video was my way of making sure that he wasn’t forgotten or cast aside or ignored… Part of the reason i had such a hard time with the edit was because Sam was tackling a huge subject. He was trying to define something that as he says has no borders or flag or definition… He was going toe to toe with the idea or term Nuyorican…

Sam Diaz used to work at the Nuyorican Poets Café in the Lower East Side of NYC. He would often be asked about what a Nuyorican is… In a series of poems and stories from Sam’s new book Our Nuyorican Thing: The Birth of A Self-Made identity, published by 2Leaf Press, Sam explores the self-made identity that is Nuyorican… Both the shooting and the edit were difficult because i was trying to condense Sam’s ideas on the Nuyorican phenomenon and it was difficult to get to the essence of things down to the compact form that it eventually took shape in the final cut… His book is available on Amazon and of course is well worth getting…

Check the video…

OUR NUYORICAN THING COVER

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Last Of The Po’Ricans


Subverses by vagabond ©

Subverses by vagabond © words by Not4Prophet from his poem Subverses ©

Last Of The Po’Ricans Y Otros Afro-artifacts is a book of poetry composed both of words and graphics. The words come from Not4Prophet and the graphics come from me but in a way the graphics also come from Not4Prophet, as these graphics are rooted in his words, rooted in his poetry. As it’s said in the Holy Bible ‘In the beginning was the word…’ and with this book it was no different… There are very few people in the world as talented as Not4Prophet. He has a gift for the word and he lays it down as well as it can be laid down. Lean and muscular writing without fat or excess, packing the punch of a thinking man’s pugilist landing verbal blows where they do the most damage, have the greatest effect.

The first priority in creating the graphics for Last Of The Po’Ricans Y Otros Afro-artifacts, is simply to find a way to live up to the word. If you can do that then you’re half way there and i did the best i could. i’ll leave the verdict of my convictions up to you. The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words but with Not4Prophet’s poetry the inverse is equally true. His words build images and he doesn’t need a thousand words to tell his story. My second priority was to enhance the storytelling of his poetry. As a storyteller myself i particularly enjoyed this part of the process. There are 25 graphics that were created to accompany 25 poems in this volume. i’m proud that Not4prophet trusted me with his poems (not an easy thing to do for any artist) and i’m proud to have had the opportunity to create this work. Here’s a small sample of what’s inside…

Last Of The Po’Ricans Y Otros Afro-artifacts is published by 2 Leaf Press and is part of the Nuyorican World Series which is a selection of books on the Nuyorican experience. The early word from some of the heaviest hitters from poetry to academia is that Not4Prophet’s Last Of The Po’Ricans Y Otros Afro-artifacts is something you should definitely get your hands on… The book is available now at Amazon

Last Of The Po'Ricans Y Otros Afro-artifacts

“Like a cool glass of water on a hot summer day…no…more like an oasis not a mirage on this  desert we call earth… not4Prophetcomes to bring relief…to let you…me…all  thinking people know…we are not alone.  I can feel that breeze.  I welcome it.  There must be a sail cloth somewhere which we will hoist and ride until we find…no create…a new world.”
– Nikki Giovanni, Poet • Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, and author of some 30 books for adults and children

“In Last of the Po’Ricans, not4Prophet delivers “The Daily News” of poetry in a hip-hop beat entangled in blues/plena/ rock ‘n roll/punk/fusion/folk jazz mixed with explosive emotions crafted into each outburst. He delivers rapid fire political, polemical, patriotic, treasonous, nationalistic, anti-capitalistic, take it or leave it, fuck it, in your face poetry that excites and incites.” – Jesús Papoleto Meléndez • Original Nuyorican Poet & Author of Hey Yo! Yo Soy!

“Not4Prophet’s Last of The Po’ Ricans is a BeBop ballistic cultural collage of seditious images that saturate the mind with mental mines scratched straight from off the Spanish Harlem streets. This rican rebels radical rhymes and Puerto punk rock Hip Hop political poems and sub-verses take you on a trip through the hoods history and deep into this original El Barrio word warriors raging heart.”  – Abiodun Oyewole • Of the original Last Poets and author of the upcoming collection of poems from 2 Leaf Press Branches Of The Tree Of Life

“The poet’s nu, yo, and he’s rican as ri can. He claims to be po’rican, and that po is for the poEMS you know, bro, as the rican is rich as the tribal-terror-wristic slangwhiches that he slings here in. It’s all write hear, twixt pages and ear. La tradición! Can’t beat it off the mean streets because it’s coming through so clear that it’s all you need to hear. The air is now forever tattooed with prison ink on tribal papyrus. Gracias Not4, a Prophet for our time.”
– Bob Holman • Poet, father of slam poetry and author of Sing This one Back to Me 

“The poems in this book are intensely lyrical, rhythmic, heart wrenching, raw, painful and hopeful. Simultaneously furious and tender, they echo the song lyrics  not4Prophet wrote as lead singer for Puerto Punk cult band Ricanstruction. Alliterating his way into our hearts/minds, not4Prophet weaves together anything-but-linear poetic narratives with unpredictable twists and turns that are rich in historical and cultural detail. These details are in fact so rich (and often also surprising and rare) that I could only marvel at the ingeniousness of what I was catching while also wondering about everything that was flying over my head. While often relying on dystopian themes and imagery, Last of the Po’ Ricans y Otros Afro-Artifacts is at its core deeply committed to freedom, health and wholeness. It represents a strangely fitting way to be utopian in our times.” – Raquel Z. Rivera • Author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone

“In these times of neoliberal barrios and their nuyo-literal MCs, not4Prophet ups the anti (sic) on us all. There’s virtuoso flow here (“cutting umbilical cords / with a subliminal sword”) but there’s also a restless intelligence attuned to an inclusive Boricua affect that brings together everyone from de Burgos and Basquiat to Lolita Lebrón and Sylvia Rivera in a “puerto punk rock”- and- krylon mixtape. In the spirit of the Nuyorican tradition, this is a poet of the political imagination who is unafraid of keepin’ it surreal, leading us beyond the trendy real estate and into the mind-reel of the city as lived. The flow here is anarcho-global (“between the front lines of fanon and magón”), yet these agit-prophecies are less about preaching to the choir than about an improvised explosive verbal energy as boundless as it is shareable—“ad-liberation  theologies,” the poet calls them. Although it is a first take, Last of the Po’ Ricans y otros afro-artifacts is already a keeper, its gut-rhymes poised skillfully between revolú and revolution.” – Urayoán Noel • Author of BoringKen

“Beware those who enter here: this poetry is on fire. It burns and it hurts when it burns, yet it is agonizingly beautiful. This is the kind of poetry, squarely in the Nuyorican tradition, that speaks not just for but TO the voiceless, with urgency and clarity, and in so doing reflects a reality that many of us live and endure but rarely see in print, let alone in poetry. Stark, lyrical, and bold, this vol- ume bears witness to the rhythm, rhyme, and passionate reason of Boricua real- ity in New York City. not4Prophet’s voice is unique. An unsettling joy to read and a phenomenal first collection of verse. A must-read for all fans of socially committed literature.” – Lisa Sánchez González • Author of Boricua Literature: A Literary History of the Puerto Rican Diaspora  and The Stories I Read to the Children, The Life and Writing of Pure Belpré

“What words can be offered a wordsmith who in saying  that his words are “grenade pins getting under the thin skins of uncle psalm’s cabin”  has already said it all.  After that there can only be words of encouragement, especially when his words have already encouraged a very necessary common rebellion.” – Dr. Jared Ball • Associate of Communication Studies, Morgan State University and author of I Mix What I Like: A Hip Hop Manifesto

“Not4Prophet digs deep to unearth a time capsule of sacred and subversive texts delivering poetic justice that transcends boundaries and crosses the intersections of identity, collective belonging and trans-Atlantic dispossession. These lyrical excavations of truth raging and loving and dying against the machine are more valid than any epidemiological surveillance of the health and dis-ease of the Afro-Boriqua diaspora in Nueva York.I am filled with gratitude that this Griot of the garden has committed his canon of verses to the page to be properly savored and digested as what should be required reading  for all.” – Lynn Roberts • Reproductive Justice Activist/Assistant Professor, CUNY School of Public Health

NUYORICAN WORLD SERIES 2 LEAF PRESS
NUYORICAN WORLD SERIES 2LEAF PRESS

Check out some of the book videos that were done… The first one is an excerpt of the poem Love + Revolution… The second one also includes the same excerpt but includes a short interview with Not4Prophet talking about how the poems in this book came to be…

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Love+Revolution


Not4Prophet on bench by Jeff "AK" Akers
Not4Prophet on bench by Jeff “AK” Akers

LOVE+REVOLUTION is my latest short film. i’ve been working with 2Leaf Press a scrappy little publisher that’s putting out some incredible work both by the iconic old guard old school poets and writers that other publishers have chosen to  ignore for decades like original Nuyorican Poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez and by fresh and exciting new up and coming writers that publishers refuse to gamble on like Not4Prophet. This short film is a promotional piece i did for Not4Prophet’s new book of poetry Last Of The Po’Ricans Y Otras Afro-artifacts, to be released November 25th, 2013. It’s an excerpt from his poem Love+Revolution.

For those who like to dig Love+Revolution was originally recorded as a song by the NYC Puerto Rican punk band RICANSTRUCTION. Not4Prophet was the lead vocalist and lyricist of RICANSTRUCTION. The song was the tittle track to the album and featured Chuck D of Public Enemy. The video highlight’s Not4Prophet’s aggressive rapid fire punk delivery and smooth hip-hop flow and if you listen carefully enough you’ll hear these influences melding together. You can cop RICANSTRUCTION’s Love+Revolution on iTunes. You can also check Not4Prophet’s website AGITARMY.ORG.

The video was shot by my long time DP (Director Of Photography) and best friend Jeff “AK” Akers. Jeff knows how to make beautiful images with less than nothing. HIs sense of space and composition and tone is always in synch with whatever we are shooting. He shot this with nothing but available light. It’s amazing what someone like Jeff “AK” can do when you get out of their way and them him do what they do best. You can see from the beautiful images he’s created here why i trust him so implicitly.

Below are some still images that were pulled right from the video. You see the raw talent that Jeff “AK” has and that i’m blessed to have the opportunity to both work with and have the privilege to call a best friend… Check out his website Brainwashed Films and see some of his other work… For more of the video work that i’ve been doing with 2Leaf Press you can check out the Vimeo album i created…

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Sam Diaz Nuyorican Writer & Poet


Press photos for Samuel Diaz new book #OurNuyoricanThing to be published by 2Leaf Press... (10)
Sam Diaz Nuyorican Writer & Poet by vagabond ©

A few daze ago i did a photo shoot and video shoot for non-profit publisher 2Leaf Press for their writer Sam Diaz. Sam is a Nuyorican (you can call him that as long as you say it with a smile) writer and poet who has been struggling with what it means to a Nuyorican and what the term means as a label or as an identity.

Sam doesn’t like having his picture taken so it was kind of an ego boost for me that he trusted me enough to not only do the photo shoot but also the book video that we did as well. We shot this in the Bronx on the University Heights bridge at the west end of Fordham boulevard. Sam lives just a few blocks from that bridge and has lived in the Bronx for the past 40 years…

He has a new book coming out called Our Nuyorican Thing which is a selection of poems and an exploration of what Nuyorican means. These are some select photos from the shoot we did. Stay tuned for Our Nuyorican Thing which will be released before the end of the year.

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Rev. Pedro Pietri Is Live And Direct From The Flip Side Of Life


Rev. Pedro Pietri Is On The Other Side by vagabond ©
Rev. Pedro Pietri Is On The Other Side by vagabond © original photo of Pedro Pietri with head and hand by Nitza Trufino 

“To take you back, I was born in 1898, during the climax of the Spanish/American War. I say 1898 because that was the year that the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico, the year when they colonized us. Now, I was born again in ‘44 to my mother in Ponce, Puerto Rico and again in ’47, at the age of three, when my folks migrated to New York City through the epic of Operation Boot Strap. We’re all part of the casualties of the Inquisition, the American Inquisition.

I also say I was born in 1949, because that’s the day I went to the first theatre with my grandfather, who felt deceived by Operation Boot Strap and committed hara-kiri, but I don’t think it was suicide. He was killed by the system that deceived him, the system that made him sell his land in Borinquen. What happened was the disillusion. The voices in his head were of the Central Intelligence, compelling him to sever his jugular vein. Think about his friends. There’s nobody to talk to, nobody to communicate with, and there’s nothing to go back to, but the industrialization of the island that had deceived so many people. So, that was the first theatre I went to, at Monje’s Funeral Parlor, in a brown suit. Actually, that was my first teaching, or my first awareness of Puerto Rican history. Puerto Ricans die and go to a Puerto Rican funeral parlor. And Monje was a ghoul; he looked like a ghoul. How you going to have the name Monje, and be a proprietor of a funeral parlor? You’ll scare the customers away, but he didn’t scare us away. ” – Rev. Pedro Pietri
Source La Prensa San Diego 6th, Feb, 2004 

i’m working on trying to raise money for a new film called PAWNSHOP DREAM. It’s a film that’s heavily influenced by one Rev. Pedro Pietri. Who the hell is Rev. Pedro Pietri? Rev. Pedro Pierti was one of the original Nuyorican poets. Who were the Nuyorican Poets? The Nuyorican poets were a rag tag bunch of Puerto Rican who became poets at the literal barrel of US colonialism’s gun. They emerged from the late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s living a schizophrenic existence in exile in the mean streets of New York because Puerto Rico is and continues to be a colony of the United States. Schizophrenic because Americans didn’t want them because they were Puerto Ricans and Puerto Ricans didn’t want them because now they were Americans. The result of that dual schizophrenic existence became the Nuyorican experience. But because Puerto Ricans are good with a blade these poets carved out a space with words and defined the unreality of what it meant to be Puerto Rican outside of Puerto Rico. In the process of doing that the Nuyorican poets grabbed poetry by the ankles turned it upside down and shook the change out it’s pockets.

No other poet captured the zeitgeist of the Nuyorican experience like Rev. Pedro Pietri . The proof is in the recipe of his 1974 epic poem, Puerto Rican Obituary. That poem was written in the El Barrio (East Harlem, NYC) apartment of Dylcia Pagan who is another huge influence on PAWNSHOP DREAM. If Rev. Pedro Pietri is the Revelation of PAWNSHOP DREAM, Dylcia Pagan, who is a former US held Puerto Rican political prisoner and prisoner of war, is the genesis. Puerto Rican Obituary took the schizophrenic unreality of Puerto Ricans in the ghettos of New York living in between two worlds while simultaneously living in both and wholeheartedly claimed the validity of it, in all it’s absurdity rather than rejecting it, in all it’s impossibility. In claiming to be in – and – from two different places at once Puerto Rican Obituary led the charge to fuse the fracture of a split existence. The idea of being in – and – from two places at once is a part of the psychological fallout of colonization. Puerto Rico has been a colony of the US since 1898 and was a colony of Spain for almost 400 years before that. What Rev. Pedro Pietri and the other Nuyorican Poets did was painfully, playfully and poetically work through the fracture of being colonized and fuse together a mismatched unreality to recreate what it meant to be Puerto Rican within a fractured colonized existence. Check out this excerpt of Rev. Pedro Pietri reciting Puerto Rican Obituary…

Rev. Pedro Pietri’s poetry could be described as surreal dadaism from the streets. His poetry is filled with resolving the conflicting unreality of living here and there at the same time and in the same space. He flipped the polarizing affects of opposing ideas and made them attract. He used what seemed like nonsense to make sense of a world that’s never made sense. It’s this quality of his work that is a huge influence on PAWNSHOP DREAM. To understand what i’m talking about here is a poem from Rev. Pedro Pietri called Traffic Misdirector from his book Traffic Violations…

TRAFFIC MISDIRECTOR
the greatest living poet
in new york city
was born in Puerto Rico
his name is Jorge Brandon
he is 70 years old
he carries his metaphor
in brown shopping bags
inside steel shopping cart
he travels around with
on the streets of manhattan
he recites his poetry
to whoever listens
& when nobody is around
he recites to himself
he speaks the wisdom
of unforgotten palm trees
the vocabulary of coconuts
that wear overcoats
the traffic lights
of his poems function
without the boring advice
from ac or dc current
book stores & libraries
are deprived of his vibes
to become familiar
with this immortal poet
you have to hang-out
on  street corners
building stoops rooftops
fire escapes bars parks
subway train stations
bodegas botanicas
iglesias pawn shops
card games cock fights
funerals valencia bakery
hunts point palace
pool halls orchard beach
& cuchifrito stands
on the lower east side
the admission is free
his presence is poetry

PAWNSHOP DREAM is about a young girl who puts a pretty box of sand she see in a pawnshop window on layaway. The concept of layaway itself is surreal. An item on layaway belongs to the one who pays, but is in the possession of the one who collects payment. As long as one keeps paying for the item it belongs to them and cannot be sold to another but until it’s paid for it completely it cannot be fully claimed. This is a perfect metaphor for the colonial relationship that the US has with Puerto Rico. It’s obvious that Puerto Rico belongs to Puerto Ricans but the US won’t relinquish their illegitimate claim. In PAWNSHOP DREAM the girl grows up paying until she’s finally had enough…

PAWNSHOP DREAM and this metaphor for Puerto Rican colonialism is also an apt metaphor for the current demands of the recent Occupy Wall Street movement. i think that the roots of rampant unchecked capitalism can be traced right back to the colonization of the Americas. What PAWNSHOP DREAM is trying to do is connect the schizophrenic idea that capitalism colonizes all of us… The colonization of nations by capitalism is not unlike the colonization of persons by capitalism… In each case capitalism is served with the exploitation of people…

In 2004 the good right Rev. Pedro Pietri died of stomach cancer which he felt was attributed to his exposure to Agent Orange when he was drafted into the Vietnam War. He may have flipped over to the flip side of life however his influence can be felt in the script of PAWNSHOP DREAM and is sure to be felt in the film once it’s completed. In a way Rev. Pedro Pietri is live and direct from the flip side life in PAWNSHOP DREAM.

You can help the surreal script of PAWNSHOP DREAM become a surreal film… There are two ways to do this… Donate financially or spread the word about the campaign… Any way you choose is very much appreciated…

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Junky Jesus


Junky Jesus by vagabond ©
Junky Jesus by vagabond ©

junkie jesus (for saint miguelito)

junkie jesus genocide
preacher pusher porto rican pride
locked inside a suicide
a ghetto slide
to the low-east side
a genesis of bible blood and piss
slum slit wrist tecato terrorist
bowery bombed out nickle bag nihilist
rican revolver revelation realist
starvation army shopping list pharmacist
barrio botanica baptised addict alchemist
turning words into war
puerto poems for the poor
cultural colonization’s cure
detonated drug store whore
entering through the bodega back stage door
with a santeria switch blade knife
shoplift sold survivor strife
writing for your life
because death is a blank page
an empty stage
minimum wage
a sing sing cage
an unwritten word
a life absurd
a voice unheard
a dream deferred
the need to create
a twist of fate
a culture of hate
the police state
pushing a broom
a roach infested room
a stillbirth in the womb
a weekend in the tomb
the 82nd psalm
the storm before the calm
a dirty needle in the arm
or an attica alarm

– by Not4Prophet ©

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