Country Lament #857

“Don’t be afraid of death,”
she said
right when
she squeezed that trigger

The light came then
and blinded me
as my skull and teeth did shatter

Death, oh, death
She always finds a way
With her great, white wings
And the pretty songs she sings
She always finds a way

“I’m not afraid of death,”
I thought
before I couldn’t think no more.

The blood spilled then
and sickened her
so she fled
right through that door

Death, oh, death
She always finds a way
With her great, white wings
And the pretty songs she sings
She always finds a way

Yes, she always
Yes, she always
Yes, she always finds a way
Yes, she always
Yes, she always
Yes, she always gets her way
Yes, she always
Yes, she always
Yes, she always finds a way

Country Lament #857

Listen of the Week: Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels 3, by Run the Jewels

Even though it came out a few weeks ago, today is the official release date and good god a’mighty is this a monster of a record.

“By far the best produced record of their trilogy… RTJ3 is a reckoning” 
Pitchfork

“The most buzzed-about act in Rap. Hip-hop has seldom sounded this righteous.. 5 out of 5.” 
NME

 “The greatest exemplars of righteous chaos since Ice Cube dapped up the Bomb Squad.”
SPIN

“A riot in sound… two of the era’s most gifted MC’s.”  
Chicago Tribune

Their time is now.
The Guardian

Listen of the Week: Run the Jewels

Art Uprising: Desolate Country

Today is Friday the 13th, and what’s scary is we have one week until Donald Trump is the leader of the free world. Art Uprising is a project that began as a protest for those who believe in the power of art. This anthology, Desolate Country, celebrates the voices of those who find Trump doesn’t represent their ethics. Buy it today on Amazon, and let’s make it the best-selling book of the day to show that our voices matter! Like and Share! https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946358029/

An excerpt from my piece, “America Hates You, America” lies somewhere within Desolate Country.

Art Uprising: Desolate Country

Kansas City Beckons

In mid-sized cities across America, one of the best ways to retain their creative community is to offer support, both civic and financial. This pilot program aims to do both and because of such ongoing support, Kansas City is considered an arts destination.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58757060e4b0f8a725448359?timestamp=1484095849356
Come on over. I will take you out for BBQ and beer.

Kansas City Beckons

Coming this April to a Kansas City Near You

Longtime readers may remember the 2016 Throwdown.

Well, this April, it’s time for a bigger, badder Throwdown:

http://www.spartanpresskc.com/throwdown/

https://m.facebook.com/Kansas-City-Poetry-Throwdown-1125871560862468/

Writers from: KY, CO, NC, TX, PA, CA, OH, NY, NJ coming to Kansas City, pencils in hand, ready to rumble with KS and MO’s own stanzic superstars. I encourage you to come witness the word-shed.

Coming this April to a Kansas City Near You

Hemingway’s Warning

There’s a cat in the closet
A cat in the closet
There’s a cat in the closet
For you and me

There’s a cat in the closet
A cat in the closet
There’s a cat in the closet
With golden feet

And that cat in the closet
Stoic feline in the closet
That cat in the closet
Bares bloody teeth

There’s a cat in the closet
Bloodthirsty cat in the closet
Golden kitty in the closet
For you and me

Hemingway’s Warning