Adam Day

The Protest II

Here the body kneels

in a brown-black mat

of leaves, the patrol car

whipping its beams

across the rubber-bullet-

cracked-skull, flecks

of blood evaporating

in the night. It stands up,

camellias growing

from empty eyes, turning

to the stuttering sky

with a mouth of light.

Adam Day is the author of Left-Handed Wolf (LSU Press), and of Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Award. His work has appeared in the APR, Boston Review, The Progressive, Volt, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He is the publisher of Action, Spectacle.