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Get Up Seven Times, Fall Down Eight

On July 6, 2016, thirty-two-year-old Philando Castile was pulled over by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, in a car with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter. After being asked for his license and proof of insurance, Castile told the officer that he had a firearm. He was told, “Don’t pull it out,” and even though he insisted that he would not, Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot him seven times. The shooting and Castile’s death were live-streamed on Facebook by Diamond Reynolds.

 

I.
The Road Runner is a beeping charmer, blue-feather pompadoured,
hooked to his lusty habit of turning the Coyote into blooming
asterisk and spectacular dust. It’s believed that he has no soul.

The Coyote, bewildered and bulge-eyed, dies and dies and dies
in a bloodless loop. His bones, ludicrously close to the sky,
lance his nappy pelt and leave him deflated, as flat as the earth