I took this photo about a year ago on University Avenue. This poem is about the light rail line, still under construction that will run along the artery between Minneapolis and St. Paul. In an article I wrote for the Twin Cities Daily Planet last year, I interviewed students at Gordon Parks High School about the new train line. I quoted one of them who said, “It’s going to make it easier for Minneapolis gangs to come to St. Paul.” I’ve been thinking about that and in general about people’s fears about “others.” This poem explores that a bit.


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