Pit Bulls and J-Walks, by Van G. Garrett
Late evening jog / Half moon / Hoodie and sweats // Breds laced tight / Buddy at my side
The open-hearted, generous poems of Van Garett’s new collection will appeal to even people who think they don’t like poetry. Through the lens of a dog’s love, and a young man’s loyalty for both his beloved pit bull, and his prized kicks, Garrett spotlights the everyday prejudices that tear us apart, and one man’s insistence on the dignity of both dog, and man.
Lit Early morning walk All gray Even the hoodie and sweats Everything Except my breds: Black & red Jordan’s—J’s So lit against a drab day Some may have thought I was up to no good: Fire-starting Hedge-roasting Or doing something worth policing Not me Not today Not ever Just early walking With my dog Not absent of color Contrary to gray Setting a landscape ablaze