Foreword Reviews

Silencer

Poems

2017 INDIES Finalist
Finalist, Poetry (Adult Nonfiction)
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A suburban park, church, a good job, a cocktail party for the literati: to many, these sound like safe places, but for a young black man these insular spaces don’t keep out the news—and the actual threat—of gun violence and police brutality, or the biases that keeps body, property, and hope in the crosshairs. Silencer sings out the dangers of unspoken taboos present on quiet Midwestern cul-de-sacs and in stifling professional settings, through "lyrical and merciless" verse.