I wish I had something pithy or profound to say about the Ferguson ruling, but like many of you I am simply heartbroken, angry, and at the same time not surprised. What I can say–as someone who was born into a lineage of radicals, as someone who joined aggressive direct action political groups at an early age, as someone who was brutalized by the police, and as someone who has managed to maintain that spirit of resistance to affect change for over 20 years without being crushed by despair or being burnt out by rage–is that love is the most sustainable wellspring for action.

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AGAINST THE POLICE
by Miguel James

My entire Oeuvre is against the police
If I write a Love poem it’s against the police
And if I sing the nakedness of bodies I sing against the police
And if I make this Earth a metaphor I make a metaphor against the police
If I speak wildly in my poems I speak against the police
And if I manage to create a poem it’s against the police
I haven’t written a single word, a verse, a stanza that isn’t against the police
All my prose is against the police
My entire Oeuvre
Including this poem
My whole Oeuvre
Is against the police.