Featured Writer: Erren Geraud Kelly

Third World Mississippi

Where the ghosts of
Scherner
Cheney
And Goodman
Scream revolution from the bayous
A mixed couple hold hands
In a resteraunt
As Emmett till looks on
Reaping gleefully
His fruits of victory
Down south blacks and whites
Don’t just get along
They just tolerate each other
The klan turned in their bed sheets for
Police uniforms and business suits
Down south racists say we’re not prejudiced
But hang heritages of hate in
living room windows
and in the back windows of pick up trucks
my skin got goosebumps
every time i rode through it
multisyllabic arsenic
toxic symbol of doom
then i saw america
and saw mississippi
in other places
saw it in the face
of an alcoholic white man
in maine
who resented me
for dating his ex
even when she told him
she didn't want him anymore
saw mississippi in small town ohio
one night as i walked to work
as cops pulled me over
my crime: living in my black skin
and i saw mississippi in the faces of bosses
and lovers in california
i left the south to get away
from places like mississippi
yet found mississippi
in other places



Erren Geraud Kelly is a poet based in New York City, by way of Louisiana, by way of Maine, by way of California and so on. He has been writing for 21 years and has over three dozen publications in print and online in such publications as Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish, Poetry Magazine(online) and other publications. His most recent publication was in In Our Own Words, a Generation X poetry anthology; I was also published in other anthologies such as Fertile Ground, Beyond The Frontier and other anthologies. He recieved his B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He also loves to read and he loves to travel, having visited 45 states and Canada andEurope. The themes in his writings vary, but he has always had a soft spot for subjects and people who are not in the mainstream. But he never limits himself to anything and always tries to keep an open mind.


Email: Erren Geraud Kelly



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