NAGAN

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This revolver is the make and model of the revolver used in the arrest of my father's father in 1941 by agents of the Soviet Secret Police NKVD (KGB).

I did not meet my father until after I was in my 30's and living in the US. I have never met my grandfather whose arrest is described in the poem playing through the gun, so when I first heard this poem written by my dad, it opened a world hidden from me, but still part of my experience. I became interested in this poem as a spoken word history and legacy. The loss of my grandfather's freedom has been responsible for many subsequent events, decisions and courses of my family's history.

I think of this gun as a verbalizer of those in power who use weapons as persuasive arguments.

In this case it's a broadcaster of my family story