Raynette Turner Aged 42 Mother of 8 Mount Vernon New York

Jackson Randall

...

 

fear a ligament tracing
stretched viol-             taut
through the streets of  (     )
radial fan sheathed
in white myelin           hissing
wrapped & woven in the power
lines in the red
lines in imagined blood
lines around this infra
structure and down
across blue canvas uni
forms around a pale
bicep around a man’s clean
shaven throat around down across a city
badge and a gov’t wrist
watch to narrow pale    fingers
neatly incised inserted skein
under the first
knuckle
of every
(ripe)
& it’s pulled:

 

afraid –> fear
fear –> rage
rage –> sound of
bones snap of don’t
shoot of i can’t bre -

 

this is a film america is dreaming

 

static shot:
a child’s toy gun
lays on asphalt and the child lays near
by in a white shirt
everything else
is moving
but
the child does not                       move

 

this is not a film america is dreaming

static shot:
a woman in an orange
jumpsuit lays on
concrete and the cell light
flickers and shuffling feet a
long black bag curls        open
everything else
is moving
but the woman does not            move

 

this is not a film that america is dreaming and
there are 700
shot
s in this montage
since january the year of our lord
2015
in each fr ( âme ) there is
some one
that does not        move
movement has been taken,
put some where
else

 

put into different
bodies
the ones that are

 

left:

 

taineesha garland
of white plains, new york
speaks to a reporter
about her friend raynette:
she says:

 

“i know dogs
that have had
better deaths”

 

she says

“i know dogs
that have had
better deaths”

 

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this is not a film that america is dreaming
are not enough

(        ) might touch
if it were just
the border of Their
garments

static shot:
a juror stands at        a mahogany
lectern and feels the follow
ing vowels
and consonants resonate war-
m in their
throat
the pressure of breath from dia
phragm coming up in un
troubled tongue:
your honor we acquit the accused

 

( the photographers sounding their shutters the
families cheering or stunned in to
silence & the judge’s face feels crisp
in the air conditioning
and their lip
s have a texture & the juror’s mouth finish
es
its de
cree )

 

and this is a night/mare america is filming
on cell phones surveil
lance cams dash
boards of stopped cars

 

and in every
frame

 

( broken windows broken wido
ws broke n )

there are
bodies

that do not      move
any                 more

& our
(         ) hymn

 

now    
their                many
names

 

:

 

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Turner’s husband, Herman, and his lawyer, Osvaldo Gonzalez, observed the press conference. Gonzalez said afterward that answers were still needed as to why a sick woman charged with a misdemeanor was kept in custody so long. Herman Turner had gone to the hospital at some point Sunday but was told she had not been treated there.

 

A woman being held in the same area told The Journal News this week that she could hear Turner coughing and retching for most of the night. A screener who saw Turner Monday morning reported Turner vomited again after being brought to a court holding cell that day, before being returned to the city jail, where she died.

 

Thursday night, Doris Cohan, the pastor of the church at 15 Monroe St., chanted to those at Turner’s wake there, “Her death will not be in vain!” adding, “You gotta believe it right now! And her living will not be in vain!”

 

Turner was held in police custody on a petty larceny charge for allegedly stealing crab legs from Restaurant Depot.