"A History of Violence in the Hood," by Danez Smith

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Poetry by Danez Smith from our Summer 2015 issue.


could be a documentary or could be someone’s art school final

but basically we make a dope ass trailer with a hundred black children

smiling into the camera & the last shot is the wide mouth of a pistol.

We cut on the sound of that gun’s one tooth’s one bite

& the preview just keeps repeating over & over

& the preview just keeps repeating over & over

& the preview just keeps repeating over & over

& the preview just keeps repeating over & over

& the preview just keeps repeating over & over

& the preview just keeps repeating over & over

& the preview just keeps repeating over & over

& by the end of it, I’m sure some folks will want their money back

but I’m sure some will just die for it. They’ll just die.

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This excerpt is featured content from the

Summer 2015 issue

For ordering information or to find out more about the contents of this issue, click here.

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