April 22, 2013


Amanda Palmer Posts Poem for Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Rick Kern
Rick Kern

Singer-songwriter and artistic eyebrow pioneer Amanda Palmer is about to receive a whole lot of hate email this morning. The "Do It With a Rockstar" singer posted a poem dedicated to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on her blog over the weekend. That's the suspect... not the victims.

Titled "A Poem for Dzhokhar," the piece is written in second person and lists a series of things that Dzhokhar "doesn't know." Below is an excerpt.

you don’t know how precious your iphone battery time was until you’re hiding in the bottom of the boat.

you don’t know how to get away from your f-cking parents.

you don’t know how it’s possible to feel total compassion in one moment and total disconnection in the next moment.

you don’t know how things could change so incredibly fast.

you don’t know how to make something, but the instructions are on the internet.

you don’t know how to make sense of this massive parade.

you don’t know how to believe anyone anymore.

you don’t know how to tell the girl in the chair next to you that you’ve been peeking at her dissertation draft and there’s a grammatical typo in the actual file name.

you don’t know how to explain yourself.

you don’t want two percent but it’s all they have.

you don’t know how claustrophobic your house is until you can’t leave it.

you don’t know why you let that guy go without shooting him dead and stuffing him in some bushes between cambridge and watertown.

you don’t know where your friends went.

At the end of the poem, Palmer posted a link to The One Fund, a fundraising site set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the victims affected in the tragedy.

Palmer has already received nearly 700 comments on the poem, and she's responded to a few of them. The response that stands out the most, though, could be this one: "This isn't about me. Or him. It's pretty much about everyone."

Read the full version of "A Poem for Dzhokhar."