Cortney Lamar Charleston

Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. A recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and The Conversation Literary Festival, his poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Beloit Poetry JournalGulf CoastThe Iowa Review, The JournalNew England ReviewPOETRYRiver StyxTriQuarterly and elsewhere

SuICIdE, iT’S a SuiCIDe

I won’t ever / get       their trying to grab a gun if they’re not completely committed to shooting