i didn’t start playing with fire
til i bought my first evanescence album
i didnt know my brothers were arsonists
til i told them my first girlfriend
who i was til pops
myself in third-
i called out to my People
in the third-person—i learned
this is how to create of yourself an ‘other’
or separate a heritage
from its throat (the
way a word erects barriers / traps
the lungs in burning house / walls of oxygen
they | | we
can you tell me
the difference? or,
tell me what it means to be Black;
to look in the mirror & see the things you not
but assumed to be:
good as dead
tell me it aint waking in this smelting pot hoping everything yours aint forged into weapon turned against you
how the blues was life cause
they choked us with em
or our skin––our armor
til they burned us in it
tell me our pride aint burning bright enough to make white folk look away?
tell me we aint all icarus
reaching for the birthplace of all this light
tell me my self-love is hubris
watch me fly
dance atop the street lamps
we gon be alright!
we gon be alright!
til the sun gets tired &
if i fall
tell me i had it coming…
watch my smile stretch across the sky
Evan Jymaal Cutts is a 22 year-old Boston native. He appreciates Black joy and art where ever he happens upon it & will tell you Anis Mojgani is one higher being’s gift to humanity, then cite/recite six-seven-eight-nine ten poems to prove it. He believes the key to change is imagination, empathy, and action; that your story is a unique one worth listening to.
He stumbled upon the Boston Poetry Slam after a meaningful Google search in the summer of 2013, the same summer he spent learning about the Nichiren Buddhism with Sokka Gakkai International (ask him about it).
Evan is a BFA Poetry candidate minoring in Africana Studies at Emerson College. His poetry explores aspects of Boston, Blackness, its magic, and is moving towards a global perspective following his recent travels to South Africa. He is a Best of the Net Anthology 2016 nominee and his work can be found online at threelinepoetry.org and voicemailpoems.org and projectpoetry.org.
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