national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014


Da'Shawn Mosley  • 
The Adroit Journal

after “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid


Witness the three guys march right in and take what they want,

hold my aunt inside her bedroom and close the door. I want you

to muffle her screams, terrify her children, turn away from youth,

survey and make final this lack of justice in discovering

hidden horror. Someone please find the way I drive ambiguous.

The world’s fastest man can go and never stop just like a train,

so lay one sister tied up on a track and store the other with her,

so they may die together. I don’t know why cousins kill cousins

in front of convenience stores. Only that a violin allowing a bow to go

against its strings seems to me as conventional as bulletproof glass

enclosing a movie theater—that when my cousin, age ten, takes

naked photographs with her cell phone, posing like a girl

in a rap video, her deadbeat dad should come out of the woodwork

and call whatever mess he’s made the twenty-first century.