When We Arrived Presents: man banter a poem by Brad Walrond

i’ve grown weary! of the primate banter
i will not! let every anxious moment off-script
fill up with that obstreperous man-chat chat clang
an impervious silence carved out of left over testosterone
chock full of sports nuts girls and cars and ass

reflex is devoid of reflection high on habit

i need to hear you finally unzip—
drop that brief Boxer façade.
chances are you are not a pugilist

in your real life.

you have the kidnapped print of weeks if not years
of anguish and uncertainty folded into your brow
your ego choked soul will not be convinced
of the love your wife has so long professed
behind your hyphenated name

there is misery and insecurity and
a terror long and standing
that you! yes even? you!
have made all the wrong decisions
in your man made breast
you! long for touch and tender—
a whole replacement for that unuttered heaviness.

tell! me! all your god damned secrets please!
shit! i will tell you mine first
lest we wallow incarcerated forever
in that gender isolated prison
with racy calendars on all our walls
and no release date in sight
for the men we wish we had become



Poet, writer, performer and activist Brad Walrond was born in Brooklyn New York to first generation Caribbean parents from Barbados. Brad began writing and performing at the age of 24 when he was asked to participate in a theatrical production curated by the legendary entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte.

Shortly thereafter Brad discovered a thriving community of artists, writers and performers at the Sunday Tea Party at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn. The Tea Party was an instrumental incubator as Brad honed his craft soon becoming one of the foremost writers and performers of the Black Arts Movement of ‘90s. It was at the Tea Party and other venues like the Brooklyn Moon Café, the Nuyorican Poets Café and numerous venues in and around NYC that Brad had the pleasure of sharing the stage with renowned writers, poets and artists including Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, legendary actress/writer Ruby Dee, Erykah Badu, Saul Williams, Jessica Care Moore, Mos Def, Liza Jesse Peterson, Universes (Then: Mildred Ruiz, Stephen Sapp, Flaco Navaja and Lemon Anderson) and Craig “muMs” Grant.

Brad received his BA at the City College of New York and received a full scholarship to pursue is doctoral studies in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He is more than just a poet or a speaker of words; he is a weaver of spells and bringer of passion and light.


2 thoughts on “When We Arrived Presents: man banter a poem by Brad Walrond”

    1. This is actually an original from Brad Walrond. He is an incredible artist from NY! Please find more of his work from his website. Thanks for stopping by and reading it!

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