Volume 31, Number 1

The Riot Act

Friends who are whiter than I am say
that when I don’t shave for a few days
I look like a terrorist.
I say, that’s how the revolutionaries
looked to the British in 1776.
Do I look like Paul Revere?
Or Samuel Adams, the guy 
on the beer bottle?
Are you saying I resemble them?
They say, you know what I mean.
I say, yeah, I do.

—Ian Willey