in the event of my demise, by Nate Marshall

sprinkle my ashes

across the north side of Chicago

& the surrounding suburbs.


the south side has seen

too many black boys

become the end result

of a flame.



NATE MARSHALL is from the South Side of Chicago. He serves as a Zell Postgraduate Fellow at the University of Michigan. A Cave Canem Fellow, his work has appeared in POETRY Magazine, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. Nate won the 2014 Hurston/Wright Amistad Award and the 2013 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. He is a member of the poetry collective Dark Noise. He is also a rapper. His next chapbook, “Blood Percussion,” is forthcoming Summer 2014.