Juan Felipe Herrera: Speak the People/The Spark/El Poema The Fresno State Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Cari Earnhart, perform newly commissioned pieces created with Juan Felipe Herrera in celebration of his term as the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. The performance begins at 16:24.
By Jenny Ruth Sixteen years after the death of her only child, Valerie Dixon speaks of the loss with composure. She knows her grief well. The crowd at Pittsburgh’s Wear Orange event to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day in June of 2017 is captivated by the measured tone with which she recalls the … More This Is What Happens Where You Live
By Angele Ellis Denied toy guns by Mother, my brothers sculpted barrels & triggers from Wonder Bread, clown-spotted loaves of soft white slices promising to build strong bodies twelve ways. Outdoing the Commandments, which in those years of gray censorship wavering across a convex screen, we watched broken every day. I don’t just mean cops … More Wonder Bread
By Suzanne Edison Light and movement destroy the materiality of bodies—Futurist Manifesto Speed of atoms colliding, heating, like our arguments boil and steam, splitting us apart. The guns you insist on keeping, locked and stowed, the ammo separately hidden, incite my fears: speed of bullets, bodies as wave or particle. Would you or I…ever turn … More At this rate, all our disappearances
By Liane Ellison Norman stops a black man, his girlfriend, their child, though it’s not clear why they’ve been stopped. The black man explains— carefully, politely, that he has a gun, slowly brings it from where it’s kept. The white cop fills the black man full of bullets, which is where— increasingly— white cops seem … More A White Cop
By Amy Small-McKinney for air, notice the airlessness of bodies piled up like newspapers, the airlessness of fear, not the kind you feel on a mountain ledge when you don’t trust your body’s sense of balance, rather the kind you can’t imagine— someone you never met will kill you— has planned to kill you for … More Open a Window
Coming soon! A featured interview post for Bullets into Bells about one of our contributors.
Coming soon! A featured commentary post for Bullets into Bells from one of our contributors.
By Sophie Segura We reckon, in heartbeats, the time it takes paper to parachute-float through the drag. The lull between bullets. Nimble through pencil-case shrapnel, obstacle run of flesh and metal. Dumb, sudden experts at holding our breath. Later, they’ll discover an underachieving bomb, erect a metal detector, monument. We’ll try to ignore invisible outlines … More Elevenses
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