From "Tell this to the people you love":
or think aboutthe young boy,
whose name you won't say,
his name written in dirt by
the fence closest the weight
prison cells drive men to practice
history, writing namestheir own,
mython walls, benches, even
dirt . . .
Excerpted from Shahid Reads His Own Palm by Reginald Dwayne Betts Copyright © 2010 by Reginald Dwayne Betts. Excerpted by permission.
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