Off the Cuffs: Poetry by and About the Police

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Featuring a multiplicity of voices — from police officers, convicts, and bike messengers to established poets including Charles Simic, Martin Espada, Kevin Young, and Colette Inez — Off the Cuffs shows police officers as complicated individuals engaged in sometimes terrifying — and sometimes rewarding — work.
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Overview

Featuring a multiplicity of voices — from police officers, convicts, and bike messengers to established poets including Charles Simic, Martin Espada, Kevin Young, and Colette Inez — Off the Cuffs shows police officers as complicated individuals engaged in sometimes terrifying — and sometimes rewarding — work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887128810
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/10/2003
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
I Eyewitnesses 1
What the Policeman Told Me 5
Eyes 9
Hotel, New York City 10
The Arrest 11
Untitled 12
Objet D'Art 15
Coffee Break 16
Criminal Court 17
Jury Selection 18
Pantoum 19
Target Practice 20
On Some Streets 21
Two Crimes 22
Summer Solstice, New York City 23
Graveyard Shift 25
Logic of Fate 26
Crayola Wars 27
You And Me, Charlie (Excerpt) 28
(WTO Freewrite) 29
Dalhousie 32
Rumours of Police 33
Hiding Place 35
Found Poem 36
Charles F. Kelley 37
Father: A Life in Blue Counts 38
My Brother, A Cop 40
Fall of Ninety 41
In Uniform 42
On My Way to the Poetry Slam 43
Corner 46
The Spectacle 48
5XPlus 50
The Great Flower Bust 52
Untitled 53
Tomkins Square Park, May 1, 1990 54
Police Blotter 56
Deer Prudence 58
Sweet Streams in Spanish Harlem 61
Halloween 62
If Looks Could 65
Confluence Becomes Me 66
II Victims & Perpetrators 69
Night Shift on the Poisonous World 75
Rookie 77
The Cop Who Rides Alone 78
Inside 80
Willieworld (Excerpt) 82
Off Like a Glove 83
Body in New Jersey Not Missing Woman's 86
Weeping Walls 87
Married to a Cop 89
On the Beat 90
Mining For Eureka 91
Lingo 93
The Great Doubters of History 94
The Pulse of the City 96
Skin Gamezz (Po-Po Bluezz) 100
LC 101
Road Test 103
Above a Darkened Bed 104
Baby J 105
Pigasus 107
Letter My Dad Never Gave Me 108
First Day in El Barrio 111
The Wall 113
Playing Guns in West Duluth 115
Walking With Wild Horses 116
Culture 121
Falling Body 124
Untitled #3 125
The Town Where He Lived 127
Ex-Cop Slain in Motel 129
NYPD Blues 130
Retiring 131
Ride-Along 134
On His Last Tour 136
All 4-1 141
A Pantoum for Sergeant Koon 144
South Central Cheap Thrills 146
The Interrogation 149
Our Sons 151
Picture of a Cop's Wife 153
Nigger Reflex 154
John Burge, Retired 155
Roes and the Night Stick 158
Street Justice 159
An Operation 160
Working Narcotics 162
What Happened This Week 165
For Henry Dumas 168
Brooklyn South Blues 170
Have You Seen Me 171
Untitled #2 173
Defacement {1983} 174
Ode to the Unfortunate Ones 176
S.H.U. 179
Nonviolent Resistance and a Cow 180
Freedom of Speech 181
I'm a Poet, Damn It! 182
Festival on 102nd Street 184
Sacred Land 186
Psalm for Equations 188
Rudy Awakening 189
The Voice on the Subway 190
The Sign in My Father's Hands 192
Cops & Robbers 2 194
Compassion 196
The Noble Speech 198
Stopped by Cops 201
Arrested 202
The Story So Far 203
Blackman Brotherman & the Highway Patrolman 205
III Insiders 211
On Giving a Poetry Reading at Arthur Kill Correctional Facility 215
The Guard 216
The Semipermanent Gate List 217
Guarded (Dropping Daddy Off at Jail) 218
Prison/Clouds 220
Come and Take Me 221
C Block (Excerpt from "The Prisons") 223
The Gates (Excerpt) 224
From The Cinnamon Bay Sonnets 226
Teaching in Prison 227
Slow Notes, Found Rhythms 230
Ultimate Aphrodisiac 231
Dead Man Walking 232
Commencement 234
C.O. 236
Plea for a Captive 238
Last Night in Film Class 239
IV Dreamers 241
He Looks the Other Way 245
Security and Peace 247
Cop 249
Missing in Action 250
A Curse on the Denton Cops, the Lot of Them 251
Law & Order 252
A Date with Officer Belding 253
Most Wanted Man 254
Life of a Police Lover 255
Landscape with Usual Suspect 257
Wheeler Avenue 258
Not On My Beat 259
The Cop Gun 260
Cops Care 261
Slumnight 262
The Daily News 263
Cop & Robber (Song) 264
Nightmare 9 265
Forensic 266
First Sight 267
Long Day's Journey 268
Please Stay Inside Your Car! 270
That's My Lucky Number? 272
Toilers From the Sea (Excerpt) 273
Kevlar City 275
Afterword: Post-Terror 277
Acknowledgments 278
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