Tag: Dontre Hamilton

Dear Starbucks Barista

Dontre Hamilton was killed by a Milwaukee Police Officer on April 30, 2014, in Red Arrow Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The park is in the center of downtown, across the street from City Hall. It was in the afternoon. A Starbucks employee called the Milwaukee… Continue Reading “Dear Starbucks Barista”

Dear Starbucks Barista

Dontre Hamilton was killed by a Milwaukee Police Officer on April 30, 2014, in Red Arrow Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The park is in the center of downtown, across the street from City Hall. It was in the afternoon. A Starbucks employee called the Milwaukee… Continue Reading “Dear Starbucks Barista”

The Saying of It Will Take Over

I have a poem in this chapbook. Because I’m not a poet, I had to look up the definition of chapbook. “A chapbook is a small collection of poetry, generally no more than 40 pages, that often centers on a specific theme.” (Writer’s Digest) When… Continue Reading “The Saying of It Will Take Over”

Start Where You Are

It’s depressing like a funeral. I went to the demonstration at Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Park because I had to be a body. I’ve gone to funerals sometimes because I’ve gotten it in my head that the bereaved, a dead friend or acquaintance’s relatives, should… Continue Reading “Start Where You Are”

I Belong to the Band of Mothers

The world is encircled by the band of mothers. I know each one in every place and each one knows me. I speak each one’s language and understand what she does. And if one handed me her child today, I would listen to her… Continue Reading “I Belong to the Band of Mothers”

It’s Not New, It’s Just New to You

Something about Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has struck a chord with white women bloggers because I sure have seen a lot of ‘I can’t believe how horrible racism is’ posts as if this is the first time they’ve realized that racism can… Continue Reading “It’s Not New, It’s Just New to You”

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