Michigan Magic: Reich Snyder v. Reverend Pinkney…

Water as WMD—
Denied in Detroit
Poisoned in Flint
Whirlpool, cesspool, spinning straw bosses into
Benton Harbor rule; slavery into gold, golf course-
plantation town with kangaroo court for crushing
Emergency Manager magic making children sick—
Rashes gang-tackling tiny bodies like Lions and Bears
clumps of hair piling up on floors like linemen,
goal line last seconds of the Super Bowl…

Emergency Manager magic making multiplication tables,
Concentration, disappear with forgotten grandparents, and
how to get to and from school…
Emergency Manager magic erasing rote lessons like bubbles
blackened with No.2 lead pencils—like Detroit hearts, lungs
working hard, hardly working, huffing, puffing, panting like dogs—
Collateral damage in class war

Emergency Manager magic, Reich governor, giving orders for
Leaded river water— dissing, mocking, cries, pleas and crises—
Reich governor, sucking up to sulfur dumpers seeking deals, and
Shouting, “Drill, baby drill!” Southfield…

Framed, railroaded, resisting Reich rule from smoke-filled rooms,
Reverend Pinkney lives seconds at a time in shadows of long
knives at concentration camp Marquette…
Meanwhile, a corny constitutional lawyer lectures Cuba about
political prisoners, instead of releasing Reverend Pinkney, and
Remanding Reich Snyder— NE93#294671’s broken in for him!

Former forklift driver/warehouse worker/janitor, Raymond Nat Turner is a NYC poet; BAR's Poet-in-Residence; and founder/co-leader of the jazz-poetry ensemble UpSurge!NYC. Read other articles by Raymond Nat, or visit Raymond Nat's website.