Types of Burns: RuPaul is Fracking by Kyle Carrero Lopez

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Types of Burns is a space for Black voices who have something to say about this moment. This may be lyric essay, poetry, photography, etc. Submit your work here. We sincerely thank Kyle and every Black artist who has helped make Frontier what it is today. Today, we are publishing an urgent poem by Kyle Carrero Lopez.


 

RuPaul is Fracking

and statues are falling,
sapped from their stands
by furied hands to rope,

and o, how they tug like fishers
with families to feed, each pull
nearer full-blooded extraction,
each pull a deep uproot
down a dig to sweet release, the same rush

drillers might hit each time cracked
earth spurts lustrous blacks
on Ru’s ranch, the queen himself slippered,
robed, and seated at home nearby, a live,
marble homage to a once-hero’s death,
smiling, perhaps unclear that he, too, will fall,

and that all who hoist coin over lives
shall be someday recalled as they lived

 

 


Kyle Carrero Lopez

Kyle Carrero Lopez is a Black poet of Cuban-American descent. He lives in Brooklyn and reads poetry submissions for Homology Lit. His poetry is published or forthcoming in The Journal, POETRY, The Cincinnati Review, & Hobart, as well as in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets Volume IV: LatiNEXT (Haymarket Books, 2020) and Grabbed (Beacon Press, 2020).

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