June 2012


  • Artwork by Scott Albrecht
  • Editors:
    Tishon Woolcock
    Caits Meissner
    Nora Salem
  • Editor's Note:
    How To Read The Reader

June 2012

A Moment on Fulton Street

by Elvis Alves

It is a hot summer day
Screams come cascading
out the supermarket’s door,
bouncing off the sidewalk of the
heat-drenched street

The perpetrators follow
Three in all
At the center is a big, strong,
tall and broad Latino man
with a stolen packet of meat
tightly clutched in hand

The other two, much less
strong and small,
holding onto the thief and
grasping at the meat

They work for the boss
and must protect his keep
at all cost

Onlookers gather
One, a Trini, yells
“Let he go wid he meat”

The two cape crusaders do not
listen though,
until the giant frees
his hand and gives one
a mighty blow

From the crowd, the Trini
again “Ah told all-you so”

About Elvis Alves
Elvis Alves poetry has appeared in Garbanzo Literary Journal, Small Axe Salon, Magazine De La Mancha, Caribbean Writer Journal, and other journals. He lives in New York City and teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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