The Tragic Life of David Banner

by GREG TREDORE

At fade out it’s always the same: Music worthy of a tragedy —American Style—gently lulls the camera to the horizon until the solitary man and his knapsack are lost to us for another week. Beset on all sides, unable To escape, even from himself, Injustice plagues his blood until His sinews stretch and pull And muscles swell, his green Skin and unruly hair a metaphor For that which we all long: The gift and curse of righteous indignation We allow only superheroes.

GREG TREDORE holds his MFA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he served as the Assistant Poetry Editor on The Greensboro Review. His poems have appeared in journals such as Illuminations, The Inkling, and The Voice. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at Georgia Military College.