Danez Smith is the author of [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014). He is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor.
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juxtaposing the black boy & the bullet
one is hard & the other tried to be
one is fast & the other was faster
one is loud & one is a song
with one note & endless rest
one's whole life is a flash
both spend their life
trying to find a warmth to call home
both spark quite the debate,
some folks want to protect them/some think we should just get rid
of the damn things all together.