The ramifications of being Black in the united states

by Mariana Franco [Excerpt]



Loss of Breath

final words

“I can’t breathe”

Death from privileged white tears

Death from soulless blue shield devils

Black death shadowing over Black lives matter

Too many names to say too many names to say

Too many names to say

the ramification of being Black in the united states is


We got to rise up

we got to thrive

The ramification of being Black in the united states needs

to be re-imagined

we have arrived

get the fuck off your seats

get on our side.

sip on the nectar of justice



give me liberty


the ramification of being Black in the united states has

had enough of



From “Los Angeles Poets for Justice: A Document for the People” Edited by Jessica M. Wilson & Karo Ska, ISBN 978-1-62795-682-3, $20, Los Angeles Poet Society Press, All rights reserved to the artists. Photo by Sophie Len ©2021.


Call for submissions: A Re-Fleshing

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let us imagine a world without

white supremacy, anti-blackness, patriarchy


It’s time to shed our skins and imagine how we

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