Alexandra Watson

                     After Jericho Brown

you hear? they got the boys who got your girl
the big one is fourteen, he lives across the street

                     the big one, fourteen, he lived across the street
                     on one-fifteenth, shame on his mama & her mama

one-fifteenth street shame of mamas & grandmamas
by fifteen he'll be locked up upstate & miss the ninth grade

                     grownup at fifteen, upstate, his friends in ninth grade
                     how does it feel? their faces syndicated daily

how do you feel with their faces syndicated daily?
& your girl, why was she in that park that night alone?

                     why was that girl in that park that night alone?
                     with green hair & fragile skin & dumb faith

her green hair, fragile skin & bad fate
you heard: they got the boys who got your girl.

Alexandra Watson is a mixed race writer from Syracuse, NY. She is the Executive Editor of Apogee Journal, a publication providing a platform for underrepresented artists and writers. She is a full-time Lecturer in the First-Year Writing program at Barnard College. Her fiction, poetry, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Bennington Review, Yes, Poetry, Nat. Brut., Breadcrumbs Magazine, Redivider, PANK, Lit Hub, and Apogee. She's the recipient of the 2019 PEN/Nora Magid Prize for Literary Magazine editing. Find her at or on Twitter @watsonlexis.

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