Christopher “Rooster” Martinez is a writer and spoken word poet from SATX. He is earning an MA/MFA from the Creative Writing, Literature & Social Justice Program at Our Lady of the Lake University. He co-founded the Blah Poetry Spot, a local poetry open mic and community organization. His work has appeared in Button Poetry, The Huffington Post Latino Voices, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pilgrimage Press, the Sagebrush Review, and self-published chapbooks.
Sometimes the role of poetry is to help us name grief, injustice, dismemberment, so that we can participate in honoring our fullest selves, the resistance work of collective repair. Two poems do not shy away from naming violences quiet and grand.