Washington, 1986

(for Martin Carter of Guyana, 1927-1997)


On Valentine’s Day

I have transgressed good order

& incommoded traffic

in front of 1600

Pennsylvania Avenue.

There is tradition in

reminding governments

of the job in need of doing


Arrested then on

the White House lawn

for unlawful entry –

trying to educate

the hearts and minds

of an administration

dumb and blind

to the world outside the gate

I am arrested for transgression

I am a disruptive integer

John Landry

About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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