The volcanic beats bubble
through the concrete. We revere
those rhythmic manipulations of vinyl,
the divination of "The Message."
We are unvirginal disciples;
Emigrants of DR, Palestine, Trinidad
But me: echoing Kansas, channeling Bronx,
Crouching hopeful at the jowls
of Alphabet City.
Waiting for our Golgotha even
after shrunken time McGapified
and lulled it, lulled us —
Rolexes skipping grooves
on our wristhearts,
while the scattered skulls laugh
Julie Bolt is an Associate Professor of English from Bronx Community College. Her book is called Border Pedagogy for Democratic Practice. Her poems and essays have been published in anthologies and several online and print journals. She has presented and performed at conferences around the country and abroad. Julie lives in New York City where she reads and features in local poetry venues.