May 25, 2020

Denise Alden

Erasure poem from the transcript of the encounter
between Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper
in Central Park

Stop. I’m asking you to stop.

Don’t come close to me.

Phone pictures of me, the cop.

An African-American life:
there’s a man threatening
my African-American self.

I can’t.
I’m threatened by a man.



About Denise Alden
Denise Alden lives and writes in the Twin Cities. Some of her work can be found online at Scalawag Magazine, Hecate Magazine and forthcoming in The Apeiron Review.


May 25, 2020 Copyright © 2021 by Denise Alden. All Rights Reserved.

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