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Saturday, July 09, 2016


by R. Riekki

Image source: Benny on Twitter

"The killings in Dallas are one more reminder that guns are central,
not accessory,  to the American plague of violence."
—Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, July 8, 2016

"More police officers die on the job in states with more guns." 
—Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post, July 8, 2016

After the school shooting, he says
that the cure would be
more guns
and more schools
and more psychopaths.
If we had more guns
and more schools
and more shootings,
everyone would be safer.
He says the way that we stop
school shootings is with more
school shootings and more death
and more brothels and more spaghetti.
He says that you cure cancer
with more cancer.
That the way you prevent a cold
is by injecting yourself with the cold virus.
He says he has an Associates degree,
so he knows what he’s talking about.
We tell him to move on, that he’s made
his point.  He tells us that if we don’t want
to listen to him talk, that we should all
just shout over him.
The bartender pulls out a gun,
tells him to shut up.

R. Riekki's non-fiction, fiction, and poetry have been published or are upcoming in The Threepenny Review, River Teeth, Spillway, New Ohio Review, Shenandoah, Canary, Bellevue Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, New Orleans Review, Little Patuxent Review, Wigleaf, Juked, and many other literary journals.