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Nate Marshall

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Nate Marshall is the author of Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), and an editor, with Kevin Coval and Quraysh Ali Lansana, of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015). He is a member of the Dark Noise Collective, a Cave Canem Fellow, and the Director of National Programs for Young Chicago Authors and the Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival. He lives on the South Side of Chicago. 

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poetry makes nothing happen
—W. H. Auden

the people in the streets
are plucked up like
radishes from dark earth,
heads beat the purplish-red
of ripeness. the women lead
the stupid & brutish to a
future they don’t deserve.


Grandma’s rosebush
reminiscent of a Vice Lord’s do-rag.
the unfamiliar bloom in Mrs. Bradley’s yard
banging a Gangster Disciple style blue.
the dandelions all over the park putting on
Latin King gold like the Chicano cats
over east before they turn into a puff
of smoke like all us