“An Elegy to Oscar Grant”

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“I wanted to write an intelligent & coherent critique of the #OscarGrant verdict but I couldn’t. The logic wasn’t in my heart; just the poem.”

“The poem I just posted on my blog is made entirely of links to other poems & articles. It’s a found poem for the 21st century.”

— Saeed Jones has posted “An Elegy to Oscar Grant” at his blog. This “found poem” is really worth your time. The quotes above are tweets from his twitter feed.

If you’re not familiar with what happened to Oscar Grant, you should bring yourself up to speed. ColorLines has some good coverage.


Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →