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Ralvell Roger II

Somewhere far in the distance,
our orange and pink dawn
breaks into flashes.
Sporadically tearing
our sky into ashes,
lightning strikes
our cumulonimbus bond.
In some hell far away from
blue skies and
our little clouds that always ask,
“Why?”
our storm rages on,
and we’re roaring thunder.
until we float away from each other,
and the sky that we built

~Ralvell Rogers II

Ralvell Rogers II is a senior English major creative writing minor at Emporia State University (ESU) where he works as tutor/editor for the William Allen White Library Writing Center, and is active president of the Black Writer’s Club. His work has been accepted and published by local journal, Tittynope Zine, and the ESU literary journal, Quivira.

Guest Editor Z. Hall is a poet whose work often features ekphrasis, and explores race, gender, and culture. She is an essayist and has served as a PEN Prison Writing Mentor. She was a 2016-17 writer-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation. In 2017, Hall curated the first international visual art exhibition featuring beneficial bacterial as the subject matter and medium of artists of disparate disciplines and scientists whose work crosses boundaries into artistic expression.

As an art writer and scholar, Hall’s peer-reviewed publications include works on Beyoncé and Jay Z’s ‘Drunk in Love,’ the field recordings of Stephen Wade’s “The Beautiful Music All Around Us,” emergence of the Christian film industry in Lindvall and Quicke’s “Celluloid Sermons,” and the political cartoons of the 2005 Muhammad Cartoon Controversy as rhetorical art, among other works. Hall is the Executive Director and Producer of Salon~360, a monthly, Kansas City regional event that brings together artists whose work focuses on challenging societal issues, for which she was awarded an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant.

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Comments on: "The Sky That We Built – Ralvell Rogers II" (3)

  1. Patricia Traxler said:

    Strong work–and the title of this poem sounds like a great title for your first book!

  2. Annie Newcomer said:

    Congratulations, Ralvell for all your literary honors and publications. What I loved about your poem was the ethereal use of clouds as metaphor and the ingenious way you included colors: orange, pink, black, blue, white, surrounding low flat thunderheads that break away. Still, there is a hope that lingers of possibility: a regrouping and coming together in the future. I love poems that cleanly create images and you have done this beautifully. Write on, young talent. Annie N from KC

  3. Robert L. Dean, Jr. said:

    I love the little clouds that always ask “Why,” and echo what Annie Newcomer said about use of color and leaving hope. I usually don’t care for rhyming poetry but you’ve done this so well you’ve made me overcome that, great use of rhyme.

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