Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley is the author of three poetry collections, including Count the Waves, and the memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. She edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches in the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program.

June 11, 2019

A poem from the Summer 2019 issue.

Two decades later, I read they named themselves
for Emmett Till. 
The idea of the name was basically that 
a 14-year-old boy should be swimming in the river, 
not dying in it.
But they spelled his name wrong.