Jackson, Mississippi is two hours away from Money, and still, the soil can be heard weeping. Secluded and consumed by encroaching ivy fingers, the decomposing Bryant’s Market has become a sign of the times. A marker of the past. But there are bullet holes in his memorial. And the boy is still plummeting. The body falls into night. The body falls into. The body falls. The body. A sad, dead dark thing. It is Saturday. The world does not stop. It never does.

Jeffrey Caliedo is a student at Yale University where he studies English and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Jeffrey is a member of WORD: Performance Poetry at Yale, the school’s oldest
spoken word group formed under the Afro-American Cultural Center as well as a member and contributor to DOWN Magazine, a weekly online publication by and for students of color at Yale University. Recently, Jeffrey was crowned the ACT-SO National Champion of Written Poetry by the NAACP for his poem “Igneous.” Jeffrey’s work highlights the intersections of Black and queer narratives with a focus on advocacy through storytelling.

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