Kevin Simmonds

eliminate automatic doors
give that electricity
to the poor

you are not the poor
do you know
how they are

holes in their stomachs
daily swallowing
the aspirin of capital

the police are not
the police
for everyone

& sleep is not sleep
for everyone
ask the poor

Dose – Kevin Simmonds

Kevin Simmonds is the author of Mad for Meat and editor of Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith Religion & Spirituality and Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof. He wrote the music for the Emmy Award-winning documentary Hope: Living & Loving with HIV in Jamaica and Voices of Haiti, both commissioned by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. His genre-defying films include feti(sh)ame and Singing Whitman. He led the first-ever poetry workshops at Singapore’s Changi Prison and founded Tono International Arts Association, an arts presenter in northern Japan. He’s based in San Francisco. 

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