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Our text for this session was “the bullet was a girl” by Danez Smith, posted below.
Our prompt was to begin your writing with “In another life…”
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the bullet was a girl by Danez Smith the bullet is his whole life. his mother named him & the bullet was on its way. in another life the bullet was a girl & his skin was a boy with a sad laugh. they say he asked for it— must I define they? they are not monsters, or hooded or hands black with cross smoke. they teachers, they pay tithes they like rap, they police—good folks gather around a boy’s body to take a picture, share a prayer. oh da horror, oh what a shame why’d he do that to himself? they really should stop getting themselves killed Copyright © 2015 by Danez Smith. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on September 3, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets