Letters for a Nation

Bl  ck     L  v  s     M  tt  r

can you read this out loud?

     a         i  e         a   e

can you read this out loud? 

can you reckon it into society?

painted on boulevards    art-ivism

in action    every letter singing

none erased

whole  &  absolute

like Black bodies before they are broken

into shards  &  howls

before the need to assert

we     m   tt   r

like Prince who changed

his name to an unpronounceable


us mattering feels as

elusive as the need for

linear language when it simply

insists on being

w  th    h  ld