Shane Romero is a spoke word poet from Brooklyn, NYC. The song/film “Mouse Trap” is dedicated to 14 year old rapper, Lil Mouse, from Chicago’s south side. Lil Mouse has become a puppet being used on the streets which have become known as Chi-Raq. His lyrics promote violence which a 14 year old should never have to witness let alone champion. Shane Romero draws eerie parallels between lab rats and the youth in Brooklyn and Chicago who lives are all too violent. These comparisons do not just represent those two cities alone, they can be found all over the country. Anywhere that despair has taken over for hope. Cities like Detroit and Jackson could just as easily be interchanged within the song. Each city with it’s own plethora of Lil Mouses. When will enough be enough? The film was directed, brilliantly I might add, by Bostonian Cliff Notez
I stumbled across a few poems by Charlie Braxton this morning, on Specter Magazines website. They are from a little over a year ago, but that’s the beauty of art, it is always relevant. Mr Braxton is a poet, journalist, writer and author who has been published in just about every medium you can imagine. He is a brilliant writer.