fresh to death
BY KEVIN COVAL
while in Chicago, police created
a whole new crime category,
Starter Jacket Murders
Jet Magazine, May 11, 1992
starter jackets were the coldest
second skin. they’d glitter
in the whole sale windows
of Maxwell St. storefronts
like flags or primary colored
emeralds. shone from the bodies
of Black poets on Yo! MTV Raps.
Chicago, Hornets, mascots, cities
emblazoned on the chest
like tribal tats, religions, gang
affiliations. clean sport cuffs
and collar. snap buttons and sheen.
the coolest wore them open even
in the crisp air, airing rope gold
and white tees. a coat perfect
for the fall. so much loot
it’d be crazy to ask your mama.
oil slick arms just outta reach
like everything in america.
so cold it seemed reasonable
this could be the ocean of satin
somebody might die over.