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Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author and has received numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor, multiple Coretta Scott King honors, and is a National Book Award Finalist. Reynolds's latest books include For Every One (Simon & Schuster, 2018) and the latest in the Track series, the novel, Sunny (Simon & Schuster, 2018). He lives in Washington, D.C.

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This Has Always Been Our Active Shooter Drill

(for Stephon Clark’s grandmother)

shave your face. a haircut
even. kiss your kids. your
partner. your parents. tell
them you listened. you kissed
their asses like you were
taught. kissed their asses and
still. walk. or run. don’t
matter. glue your identification
to your forehead. wrap yourself
in the flag. hand over heart. hit 
the high note. hide your slang 
under your tongue. delete
your profile. scrub the net. clean 
your blood. prepare your body 
for peepholes no one 
will ever peer into.