Looking for Charm

Is Baltimore in the South? Sure, if you’re in the North.
A border state, the geography of violence and race
On the fault line of America’s original sin.

Panhandlers commute daily between Baltimore City and Baltimore County to avoid law enforcement. Parents commute daily between Baltimore City and Baltimore County to avoid bad schools. Hopkins students beware: cross that street you’ll be in the ghetto. They wouldn’t have horse races in the ghetto, would they?

We rioted
In the volleyball bleachers when our school won.
We yelled, and our faces were joyful
And our eyes were shut.

Charm City, and which city is that?
There is a city here!
I am a part of it, aren’t I? Aren’t we? Aren’t they?
All I know is we ended up on the winning side of the border.

yl1President of the Arts Council Reminisces on the Year

yl2Vishio Portrait Unveiled

yl3Mr. Carey Heads to Dubai

yl4 Gilman’s Endowment Endures

yl5Eddie’s “Gilman Sandwich”: Liverwurst No More!

yl6Student Spotlight– Lower School Book Club

yl7“Snapbacks, Pastel Shorts, and Lax Pinnies”: Bro Culture

yl8In Limbo: The College Process

yl9New Year, New Campus

The photographs were taken in Baltimore City, and at the Lutherville light rail station. The captions are recent article titles from the student newspaper at Gilman School, where I attended high school.



Yanbo will tell you he’s from Baltimore, but actually he’s from Baltimore County. There’s nothing he would like more than to have the knots massaged out of his back. If you are able and willing, let him know at yanbo.li@yale.edu.

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