David teaches English at a charter high school in Van Nuys, CA during the school year. During the summertime, he directs the Kenyon Young Writers Program at Kenyon College. David has had short fiction published in The Battered Suitcase, The Kenyon Review, and Callaloo (that story–“Prince Valiant Works the Black Seam”–was reprinted in The Best African-American Short Fiction 2010).


Trigger Warning

The mechanisms of my prayers shadowed in ‘I do’
work as simple pulley and lever apologies, silent
erasures of daily sins, genuflecting to King James.

whose Old Testament will Genesis at the quieting of
ancient tongue that professed Adam did not
cry out during his reduction for the construction of Eve.

But if you will indulge me, I will
Scribe New Scriptures on a facet of jasper,
Raise Our New Jerusalem.

From the routine of amen and amen, I will set forth
an Eleventh Commandment, a New Heartbeat for the Beatitudes:
Blessed are you, who have suffered, for the construction of me.

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