negative b

plus or minus the square root of nobody

ever used eighth-grade algebra to find

love or beauty in a storm

but this spinning world is full

of unknowns and inequalities

poverty curves and inflection points

cotangent of a rainbow

radius of a door slamming shut

if the x-axis is melanin and y equals fear

plot the curve that separates

hooded teen from bullet

if n is the number of students

crossing the graduation river

at illiterate words per hour

and z is the cost of a prison bed

how many words does a politician need

so fifty-one percent of voters

sleep well at night