Dee Allen‘s poem-duo


Enquiry


Everybody knows the worst inventions ever made are loaded guns.

Self-protection—time-worn excuse. Self-destruction—the true intent.

When will we learn to be our brother’s keeper and not his slayer?


Hearsay


We can sing, we can rap,


We can dance, we can box,

We can run track & shoot hoops.


Or so the rumours we hear all say.

The Media serves heaping helpings of stereotypes

Of us. In viewing, in listening, ethnic expectations take root—



Dee Allen is an African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California U.S.A. He has been active on creative writing & Spoken Word since the early 1990s and is the author of 7 books―Boneyard, Unwritten Law, Stormwater, Skeletal Black  [all from POOR Press ], Elohi Unitsi [ Conviction 2 Change Publishing ] and his 2 newest, Rusty Gallows [Vagabond Books ] and Plans [ Nomadic Press ]―and 66 anthology appearances under his figurative belt so far. Currently seeking a new publisher to transform his finished manuscript into a finished, printed 8th book.

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