Journalism In Verse


The Detained Calendar

in Politics/U.S. by

Each not-criminal in an orange jumpsuit
does the shackle shuffle into the courtroom,
looks hopefully at the spectator benches for
anyone familiar, friendly,
stands, sits, stands again before the judge,
hands manacled in front, chain just long enough
for hands to grasp a folder of forms,
not long enough to hold the folder open and place inside
another piece of white paper
from the white judge
or the white immigration attorney
as the white interpreter conveys their legalese to
all the brown not-criminals in orange jumpsuits
hoping not to be deported.


Mary Turck lives and writes in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has published extensively as a journalist, and has published one chapbook, Forest City Poems.

Photo by Mario Caruso.

ICE Is Imprisoning a Record 44,000 People
[Daily Beast]

Latest from Politics


Shame the Laugher

By Cody Walker. Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his prison


By Peggy Brightman. Circe takes on Congress.


By Michel Krug. Mueller's testimony before the Congress Intelligence Committee underwhelmed, but

Tales From Andersen

By Miriam C. Jacobs. A found poem from Hans Christian Andersen fairytales
Go to Top