Evan J Cutts, performing “Unfettered (after Sasha Banks & Cassandra de Alba)”
Filmed by Slamfind.
Transcript provided by YouTube:
my friend Cassandra asks what’s between
me and the dark I would like to travel
towards and I said our eyes caught and
the spoiled maw of this country rot shut
our skulls concave ceilings for
earthworms cuz we made voice of
vandalism so y’all might hear us for
once I said this country yet again
mistaken our flesh for poplar sins night
marry us into creatures monsters gorging
enough light to starve a bright tunnel
to a pins thinness a hollowing thought
our living scarce as our sweet dumb
cackling is silenced the marrow of us
offered up to a conference of scavengers
their barbed smiles beaming greeting a
nation of cameras I can never remember
the joke but I think about Canfield
Drive pouring all of its cold into
Michaels wounds how warm and must have
felt in the aftermath I wonder if a
country could be a bloodless cavity or
perhaps a less negligent God than being
black and America could be idyllic and
delivered justice a navy every Brown
body lifted to the dirt be the enamelled
the dark guarding every tree burgeoning
still in debt being nothing if not
rebloom and gravity be not a force
greater than the last formation of a
black woman’s hair wind on curling
raucous snaps of Memphis Belle trim
bending needs like roots to prayer Lord
if you be
the spectrum of shaded gold seeping out
from between our palms be the gospel
wringing out our skeletons reclaiming
the music of the people lost and miss
named voiceless on the Atlantic stage
who compose each and every one of these
waves into hymns for the unsolved the
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