The Protest

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;(



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 WalrusWorld Literature TodayGeistVallum, 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.


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