New Definitions: Redefining America Through Verse | Volume Three [Defining Insurrection]

New Definitions is a poetry series curated by The North Star that seeks to redefine common terms from a socio-political lens. These “new definitions” will give proper context to what America is and what it has the potential to become, for better or worse.

Defining Insurrection

in·​sur·​rec·​tion (noun): an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government

See Also:

  • A Confederate flag making itself at home inside the bedrock of democracy

  • Sons of sedition leaving a crime scene with breath in their bodies

  • White supremacy’s plan having white privilege as its alibi

  • A Black officer in a stand-off with the legacy of lynchmen

  • Elected officials taking cover while hiding their support in plain view

  • A demagogue’s last dance

  • Portraits of slaveholding ex-presidents winking in approval

  • A prequel to a modern secession

  • White tears mutating into cyanide

  • An open interrogation where the answers are scripted in shit and smeared on the wall

  • Chickens coming home to roost.