I could write this whole blog post about the last line of this poem….The last line of this poem is better than the last line of your poem, or whatever it is you are writing be it a grocery list, a short story for school, or an e-mail at work. Stop whatever your doing look at the last line of the last thing you wrote, mark through it and give it another go.
The last line of this poem gave me a chill and made me sit up in my living room and screw my face up like
This poem “On Realizing I am BLK” by Gabriel Ramirez really explores the never ending paradigm of what it means to be black in America and who can calm that heritage. It brings up some very poignant moments about how sometimes, people who identify as hispanic shun the black in their blood. This is a narrative that most know all to well and something that I want to explore in more depth on this platform at sometime in the future.
This is a counting poem; my favourite stanza was number three where he flips the persona to a black person telling him he is not black enough. Its ill how Gabriel switches voices several times in this poem and does it with an ease that speaks to the maturity in his writing.
I don’t know Gabriel personally and there is not a lot of bio info out there on him but I was able to pull this off of youtube:
Gabriel Ramirez is a 19 years old writer, actor, poet, playwright, and lover of all things love. Gabriel is the 2012 Knicks Poetry Slam Champion, a member of the 2012 Urban Word NYC slam team. Gabriel was featured in a production of one man shows entitled “Black Ink” where he debuted “Sankofa” a one man show he wrote and acted in himself. Gabriel has performed at New York Live Arts, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lincoln Center, New Amsterdam Theatre, Apollo and other venues around the nation. Gabriel was ranked 2nd in New York City in Youth Slam and won the 2013 National Youth Poetry Slam Championship in Boston and wants to save himself before the rest of the world.
Do yourself a favour and check out the poem!
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