Off the Cuffs

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  • Copyright: 2003-03-01
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"Off the Cuffs does what no one wants writing on cops to do: it tells both sides of the story. The collection explores the intersections of humanity where police officers are not seen one-dimensionally as brutalizers or heroes, but as complicated human beings in a position that is sometimes terrifying, sometimes rewarding, and often questionable. It is the exploration of this dynamic point of understanding that makes "Off the Cuffs unique. Existing books on police and policing give us a black-and-white story, portraying cops as either saints or villains. This book includes so many voices--convicts, police, bike messengers, and established poets--that it creates something that has never before existed in print concerning cops. A dialogue emerges, showing us the infinite shades of gray surrounding the profession. The conversation includes stories of fear, apprehension, love, brutality, death, sorrow, joy, hope, and resolve. The usually disparate voices of cops, prisoners, and everyone in between come together to engage in a meaningful exploration of an important topic.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Eyewitnessesp. 1
Introductionp. 3
What the Policeman Told Mep. 5
Eyesp. 9
Hotel, New York Cityp. 10
The Arrestp. 11
Untitledp. 12
Objet D'Artp. 15
Coffee Breakp. 16
Criminal Courtp. 17
Fury Selectionp. 18
Pantoump. 19
Target Practicep. 20
On Some Streetsp. 21
Two Crimesp. 22
Summer Solstice, New York Cityp. 23
Graveyard Shiftp. 25
Logic of Fatep. 26
Crayola Warsp. 27
You And Me, Charlie (Excerpt)p. 28
(WTO Freewrite)p. 29
Dalhousiep. 32
Rumours of Policep. 33
Hiding Placep. 35
Found Poemp. 36
Charles F. Kelleyp. 37
Father: A Life in Blue Countsp. 38
My Brother, A Copp. 40
Fall of Ninetyp. 41
In Uniformp. 42
On My Way to the Poetry Slamp. 43
Cornerp. 46
The Spectaclep. 48
5XPlusp. 50
The Great Flower Bustp. 52
Untitledp. 53
Tomkins Square Park, May 1, 1990p. 54
Police Blotterp. 56
Deer Prudencep. 58
Sweet Streams in Spanish Harlemp. 61
Halloweenp. 62
If Looks Couldp. 65
Confluence Becomes Mep. 66
Victims & Perpetratorsp. 69
Introductionp. 71
Victimsp. 73
Night Shift on the Poisonous Worldp. 75
Rookiep. 77
The Cop Who Rides Alonep. 78
Insidep. 80
Willieworld (Excerpt)p. 82
Off Like a Glovep. 83
Body in New Fersey Not Missing Woman'sp. 86
Weeping Wallsp. 87
Married to a Copp. 89
On the Beatp. 90
Mining For Eurekap. 91
Lingop. 93
The Great Doubters of Historyp. 94
The Pulse of the Cityp. 96
Skin Gamezz (Po-Po Bluezz)p. 100
LCp. 101
Road Testp. 103
Above a Darkened Bedp. 104
Baby Jp. 105
Pigasusp. 107
Letter My Dad Never Gave Mep. 108
First Day in El Barriop. 111
The Wallp. 113
Playing Guns in West Duluthp. 115
Walking With Wild Horsesp. 116
Culturep. 121
Falling Bodyp. 124
Untitled #3p. 125
The Town Where He Livedp. 127
Ex-Cop Slain in Motelp. 129
NYPD Bluesp. 130
Retiringp. 131
Ride-Alongp. 134
On His Last Tourp. 136
Perpetratorsp. 139
All 4-1p. 141
A Pantoum for Sergeant Koonp. 144
South Central Cheap Thrillsp. 146
The Interrogationp. 149
Our Sonsp. 151
Picture of a Cop's Wifep. 153
Nigger Reflexp. 154
John Burge, Retiredp. 155
Roes and the Night Stickp. 158
Street Justicep. 159
An Operationp. 160
Working Narcoticsp. 162
What Happened This Weekp. 165
For Henry Dumasp. 168
Brooklyn South Bluesp. 170
Have You Seen Mep. 171
Untitled #2p. 173
Defacement {1983}p. 174
Ode to the Unfortunate Onesp. 176
S.H.U.p. 179
Nonviolent Resistance and a Cowp. 180
Freedom of Speechp. 181
I'm a Poet, Damn It!p. 182
Festival on 102nd Streetp. 184
Sacred Landp. 186
Psalm for Equationsp. 188
Rudy Awakeningp. 189
The Voice on the Subwayp. 190
The Sign in My Father's Handsp. 192
Cops & Robbers 2p. 194
Compassionp. 196
The Noble Speechp. 198
Stopped by Copsp. 201
Arrestedp. 202
The Story So Farp. 203
Blackman Brotherman & the Highway Patrolmanp. 205
Insidersp. 211
Introductionp. 213
On Giving a Poetry Reading at Arthur Kill Correctional Facilityp. 215
The Guardp. 216
The Semipermanent Gate Listp. 217
Guarded (Dropping Daddy Off at Jail)p. 218
Prison/Cloudsp. 220
Come and Take Mep. 221
C Block (Excerpt from "The Prisons")p. 223
The Gates (Excerpt)p. 224
From The Cinnamon Bay Sonnetsp. 226
Teaching in Prisonp. 227
Slow Notes, Found Rhythmsp. 230
Ultimate Aphrodisiacp. 231
Dead Man Walkingp. 232
Commencementp. 234
C.O.p. 236
Plea for a Captivep. 238
Last Night in Film Classp. 239
Dreamersp. 241
Introductionp. 243
He Looks the Other Wayp. 245
Security and Peacep. 247
Copp. 249
Missing in Actionp. 250
A Curse on the Denton Cops, the Lot of Themp. 251
Law & Orderp. 252
A Date with Officer Beldingp. 253
Most Wanted Manp. 254
Life of a Police Loverp. 255
Landscape with Usual Suspectp. 257
Wheeler Avenuep. 258
Not On My Beatp. 259
The Cop Gunp. 260
Cops Carep. 261
Slumnightp. 262
The Daily Newsp. 263
Cop & Robber (Song)p. 264
Nightmare 9p. 265
Forensicp. 266
First Sightp. 267
Long Day's Journeyp. 268
Please Stay Inside Your Car!p. 270
That's My Lucky Number?p. 272
Toilers From the Sea (Excerpt)p. 273
Kevlar Cityp. 275
Afterword: Post-Terrorp. 277
Acknowledgmentsp. 278
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