The Shame and Fear We Sow -Introducing Sergio Ortiz

Our inaugural post on Whisper and the Roar (literary collective by yours truly, sister site to Sudden Denouement)! We have such an amazing line up of artists! Please welcome Sergio Ortiz and follow for more!

Whisper and the Roar


 [Poem and photo by Sergio Ortiz]

It’s no longer Build the Wall

or Lock Her Up, now it’s Shoot the Bitch

and Hang the Nigger.

Outbursts, newsworthy metaphors,

one more fire under Nowhere Bridge,

a contemptible distraction

to my support of The Water Protectors?

I’m done listening to loudspeakers

announce our descent into hell.  It’s a show

of strength to be a woman,

a successful black man. Why run

through the corridors

of the West Wing cherry-picking slogans

for a lynch mob?

[Please welcome Sergio Ortiz, a Puerto Rican poet and the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. He is a two time Pushcart nominee, a four time Best of the Web nominee, and a 2016 Best of the Net nominee. His poems have been published in hundreds Journals and Anthologies. He is currently working on his first full length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.]

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