On Thurs., Mar. 29, Jamaal May, a three-time Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam Champion and two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, came to LHU as a part of the UpWrite Reading Series. The minute May came to stage, he instantaneously collected the eyes of the audience. There was not a single eye astray once his slams started to spew.
“The kickback was barely noticeable
like the movement of a trapped animal
that knows it cannot escape. The kickback
was subtle, but you felt it. I know you did,
because I felt it too.”
“Click. Click. I’m empty. Empty.
like a freshly minted casket. Empty
like the gun holster of a dead soldier. I am empty
like his eyes. Empty”
“Cuts are lunular, half question marks. Her
skin, a barrier broken between teeth.”