Urban Renewal


“Urban Renewal”  by Cardiff artist  Jo Whitby

Here’s a poem by contemporary American poet Yusef Konumyakaa:

Urban Renewal


The sun slides down behind brick dust,

today’s angle of life. Everything


melts, even when backbones

are I-beams braced for impact.


Sequential sledgehammers fall, stone

shaped into dry air


white soundsystem of loose metal

under every footstep. Wrecking crews,


men unable to catch sparrows without breaking

wings into splinters. Blues-horn


mercy. Bloodlines. Nothing

but the white odor of absence.


The big iron ball

swings, keeping time


to pigeons cooing in eaves

as black feathers


float on to blueprint

parking lots.




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