Police Poetry

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Police reports are supposed to be the dry recounting of facts, neutral, admissible as evidence. They are not often considered great literature. But Sergeant Martinez of the LAPD has captured at least one writer’s attention.

“How can I identify Martinez from a single sentence?” writes Ellen Collett. “How does he use words on paper to hammer at my heart? Like all great cops, Sergeant Martinez is a sneaky fucker. He’s also a master of inflection and narrative voice.”

(via Arts & Letters Daily)


Jill Haberkern has lived in a one-room house made of tombstones and a farmhouse with a walrus head. She currently lives in Berkeley, California, with neither. Her writing has appeared in the Mid-American Review. More from this author →