September 18, 2009 / Creative Writing
A poem in the ghazal form that elegizes Emmett Till, an African American boy who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after reportedly whistling at a white woman.
Rickey Laurentiis is a Cave Canem fellow whose poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several journals, including Knockout Magazine, Mythium: The Journal of Contemporary Literature, and DIAGRAM. His poems have most recently placed as first and third runner-up in the 2009 International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize, selected by Carl Phillips. He is a native of New Orleans but now studies as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.