AMP. Always Electric.

Volume 2, No. 1

Time To Die

–After “Blade Runner”


I’ve watched the glitter in the dark near Camden Yards (during downpour). Colonies in real
time—sensored and surveilled. Thousands built for expiration—we, poor. We, Urban Corridor.
The idiom for criminal. I’ve seen attack shipped to inner cities, Orion come up sideways over
riot and the phalanx, as if there were conspiracy in rough ride. In Civil Rights, in Biggie and
Shakur. The loot of liquor store. Places, you people haven’t seen—places, you people won’t
believe. The offed world in infra-red, where colored girls call 1-800-LAWYER.

Kathleen Hellen

Kathleen Hellen is the author of the collection Umberto’s Night, winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Loved Mothra and Pentimento. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters and Commentary, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Nation, North American Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, the Sewanee Review, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere. Recipient of the Thomas Merton poetry prize, the H.O.W. Journal poetry prize, the Washington Square Review Poetry Prize, and twice nominated for the Pushcart, she teaches in Baltimore.