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David Tomas Martinez's 'Us vs Them' on PoetryNow

By Michael Slosek


Today on PoetryNow David Tomas Martinez's new poem "Us vs Them" brings us some Sputniks, the Black Panthers, both Nixon AND Reagan, with a healthy dose of Duck and Cover. The poem begins:

My childhood was not an anxious place,
though I lay
                 in my bed, awake, thumbing
my sheets like beads, wondering when the sun
                 would Russian astronauts be OK,
they in their Sputniks, with their space dogs,
                 they that chased their own tail
around this water bowl
                 we call Earth...

Listen to the full episode below.

Originally Published: June 25th, 2015