Our National Anthem
We fight over who stands and who kneels
And what our flag is meant to represent
But if we stopped to listen we would hear
What many in this country have heard for years:
That our national anthem is not a song—
It is the sound of gunfire and of bullets hitting bodies
An Immodest Distraction
what song is playing
Brandon Beck is the founder and editor-in-chief of West Texas Literary Review. He writes poems, short stories, essays, and academic articles, which have appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review (forthcoming), Coup D’Etat (forthcoming), Oddball Magazine, The Texas Tribune, Texas Tech Law Review, and South Texas Law Review. He has degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, Boston University, and Texas Tech University.
Chad Parenteau is Associate Editor of Oddball Magazine. He takes pictures sometimes.
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