Play

Chosen
because you didn’t run
from the ball or ringing bell.
You go to school a believer in treats
for complete stops and avoiding fire.
Habit
becomes pleasure.
And there will never
be anything more delicious for you
than obedience.

Kevin Simmonds is a writer and musician originally from New Orleans. His writing has appeared in Field, jubilat, Poetry, and elsewhere. He edited the poetry collection Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof, forthcoming from the University of South Carolina Press. His music has been performed in the US, the UK, Japan and the Caribbean. Most recently, he composed the music for the documentary, Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica, which won an Emmy Award in 2009.

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