The Days of Rage

by Jéanpaul Ferro

From Tunisia, the grievances of men
spilled out over into the streets—Egypt,
Jordan, Libya, Yemen, Syria—all those glittering
keys locked in the palace window,
free speech, law and order, a final end
to all the abuse and torture;

blood is being spilled now, and shots are being fired,
the end of the game never ends well this way,

one nightmare dying, another nightmare as it
is unfolding before our very eyes.

The Protocols of Torture

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A 10-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Jéanpaul Ferro’s work has appeared on National Public Radio, Contemporary American Voices, Columbia Review, Emerson Review, Connecticut Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Portland Monthly, Rattle Magazine, Arts & Understanding Magazine, and others. He is the author of All The Good Promises (Plowman Press, 1994), Becoming X (BlazeVox Books, 2008), You Know Too Much About Flying Saucers (Thumbscrew Press, 2009), Hemispheres (Maverick Duck Press, 2009) Essendo Morti – Being Dead (Goldfish Press, 2009), nominated for the 2010 Griffin Prize in Poetry; and Jazz (Honest Publishing, 2011), nominated for both the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize and the 2012 Griffin Prize in Poetry. He is represented by the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. Website: * E-mail:

Last updated August 30, 2011