Deonte Osayande, “News”

Deonte Osayande is a writer from Detroit, Michigan. His nonfiction and poetry have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, the Pushcart Prize, and a Digital Book Award. He has represented Detroit at four National Poetry Slam competitions. He’s a professor of English at Wayne County Community College. His books include Class (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2017), Circus (Brick Mantle Books, 2018), and Civilian (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2019). He also managed the Rustbelt Midwest Regional Poetry Slam and Festival for 2014 and 2018.

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Today, the news was new
ways to tell if your cat loves
you, no death by cops, rich
folk didn’t get more seeing
all these people needing
help & turn blind, my newest
best friend has the growth
we’ve been waiting for, celebrating
with more of the doggystyle that got
us here in the first place, hens
also “talk” to their chicks in soft tones
while they’re still in the egg, chicks
can even be heard peeping back
from inside the shell, let me be
the rooster to her hen, receiving
the good news from her lips, this
small thing that changes everything
& despite my wishes there’s never
times when black people aren’t strong





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