a found poem
While the crowd waited to be led away
one by one to be handcuffed
and sent for processing
at a police operational centre
— a procedure expected
to take several hours —
a man started reading poetry
and the crowd hushed to listen.
by Greg Santos
Source: The Globe and Mail, an article about a mass arrest during the Montreal student protests of 2012;(http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/518-arrested-as-montreal-police-kettle-demonstrators/article2442043/)
Greg Santos is the author of Rabbit Punch! (DC Books, 2014) and The Emperor’s Sofa (DC Books, 2010). He holds an MFA from The New School in New York. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, World Literature Today, Geist, Vallum, and more. He is the poetry editor of carte blanche and teaches creative writing to at-risk youth. He lives in Montreal with his family.