With my hands on my hips and my right leg perched on a rock, I piss off a cliff into the woods. There’s something so simple
about letting the worst parts of yourself grow into something new, that in this moment, all the injustice in our world briefly leaves my mind.
The image of migrant children being kicked awake and beaten at the border, nostalgic of the fetus like lizards afraid to lose their summer skin, doesn’t even cross my mind.
I don’t think about how ICE made girls strip naked before showering or how these girls drank toilet water and ate raw meat in the cages they were forced inside.
I certainly don’t think about Dixiana, the 10-year-old girl whose tired eyes began to resemble the sheet of aluminum she slept with instead of a mattress.
I just stand between the trees as the wind licks my back, arguing with the leaves as it pushes its way through the pines.
The rain begins to fall and I begin to cry as I zip up my jeans, considering for a moment what it would feel like to forget my mother’s face.
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Second Civil War
In Second Civil War, Austin Davis issues a call to action for this generation.
Composed of poems on gun violence, racism, immigration, and the nature of modern capitalism, Second Civil War implores the youth to take a stand against the bigotry of Donald Trump through non-violent protest and above all – to vote.
This collection of protest poetry from Austin Davis slams a stake in the ground that the next generation won’t accept a return to the worst parts of American history tainted by white supremacy.
Cloudy Days, Still Nights is the first poetry collection from Austin Davis. These coming of age poems deal with falling in love and finding out what this life is all about. At the heart of Cloudy Days, Still Nights is an exploration of youth and love and not overlooking the small beautiful moments in life.