Attention, Shoppers!

by Kevin Simmonds

Look around. These are your people, too. They're looking for bargains, buying in bulk. You have rice in common and loud talking others mistake for anger. There's a father in aisle 5 trying to read a label. Can someone help him?


Kevin Simmonds is a writer, musician and photographer originally from New Orleans. He led the first poetry workshop in Singapore's Changi Prison while on his Fulbright fellowship there and speaks odd yet artistic Japanese. His writing appears in Asia Literary Review, Callaloo, Kyoto Journal, Massachusetts Review, Poetry and elsewhere. His music has been performed throughout the US, Japan, the UK and the Caribbean and was featured in the 2009 Emmy Award-winning documentary Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. Please visit him here and here.