Poetry

  • A blurry close-up photo of bees
       By Brenda Hillman
    Illustration: JR Korpa / Unsplash Sometimes i’m called an “activist-poet,” maybe to make my aesthetically odd poetry seem more relevant or marketable to audiences other than...
  • A statue of Lady Godiva, nude astride a horse
    Photo: Michael Day / Flickr July 10, 1040: Lady Godiva, wife of the Earl of Mercia, rides naked on horseback to force her husband to lower taxes. July 10, 2015: Sandra Bland was pulled...
  • An abstract photograph of a car as seen through a rain streaked window
       By Jan Beatty
    Photo: Faungg / Flickr It’s hot in the loading bridge,  hot in the birth canal, it’s hot in the striped boy’s heart – we’re two women driving to D.C. for an abortion  in my beater sea-green Le M...
  • An illustration of two female figures, rendered in almost a Cubist style. A small male figure sits on the hand of the one of the figures.
    You Will Grow Together in Your Rage, illustration by Meg Lionel Murphy “You’re the One,” by Fanny (1971) Hell yeah, let this Brown Girl sing because I know what I know and...
  • A silhouetted figure holds up red flag with words in Arabic in white beneath a stylized moon
       By Mohja Kahf
    Saad Merie / DeviantArt to Rima Dali, with love Rima Dali in her red raincoat reaches downtown Damascus, silently steps into the intersection stands tall as traffic holds high a red ban...
  • Two indigenous people, dressed in ceremonial makeup and dress, stand facing one another, palms touching
    Miktlanziwatl (Lady of Death) © Cara Romero. All Rights Reserved. Abyayala Full of Questions América, I don’t invoke your name. When I bare my heart to the sword, Whe...
  • A photograph of a door in a pink wall through which we can see another doorway that opens into an orange room
       By Coral Bracho
    Photo: Analusie Gamboa / Unsplash There were neither plots nor characters, only places. Neighborhoods sliced in half. Terraces and corridors between roofless rooms. Profiles only.  Staggered sp...
  • Three disheveled electronic tablets laying on a bed of soil. The third is turned face down
       By Mikeas Sánchez
    The Weapon is Sharing (This Machine Kills Fascists), by Cannupa Hanska Luger, ceramic, 2017. Photo courtesy of the artist. The Zoque and Spanish originals of this poem appear in Mikeas Sán...
  • A close photograph of a protestor, whose red bandana reads Missing and Murdered
       By Wang Ping
    Photo: Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie after Ferlinghetti Pity the nation whose freedom melts faster than Arctic ice Whose justice defends sex predators & puts children in jail. Pity the nat...
  • A photograph of the top of a border wall and the blue sky above
       By Vickie Vértiz
    Photo: Centrifuga / Flickr after a photograph by Sally Mann and Detention Center Concentration Camps      
  • A close up photograph of the fronds of a Serianthes nelsonii sapling
    The endangered Serianthes nelsonii sapling on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. More than forty of the endangered tree species saplings were planted around Andersen by biologists from the Univ...
  • A diptych with a photo on the left of a statue of two men shaking hands with a sign that says, "Welcome to Skeedee" and, on the right, a photograph of indigenous headdress on the hood of a BMW
       By Duane Niatum
    Photos: “Skedee” and “Cherokee National Holiday — Tahlequah,” from In The Territories, by Shane Brown  American Indians should stop weeping over      the cruelty of the trail of tears and the long...
  • A black and white photo of the sea, dark clouds looming overhead, with the horizon forming the only light between them
       By Nancy Morejón
    Photo: Lucas Poisson / Flickr​​ Leave. No two ways about it, they leave heading out toward night.                                                Desperate, a coastal patrol will look for them,...
  • A mandala that geometrically radiates outwards from fire stylized in obsidian and bronze
       By Simon J. Ortiz
    Illustration: Dustin Mater March 1973   Forever. Always. Never-ending. Continuing. It was snowing in the Southwest, and the wind was cold and harsh the past few days. We know b...
  • An oil painting of mesas and bluffs
       By Joy Harjo
    Winter Sun, 2017, oil on wood panel, by Kay WalkingStick. Courtesy of the artist and June Kelly Gallery Bless this land from the top of its head to the bottom of its feet        From th...
  • The lights in an operating room warming up for use
       By Fatemeh Shams
    They had to remove it and off we went: A transparent image of bones chained together; Half face, three-quarters, full face of the fingers stretched out,      fingers without recognizable lines, i...
  • Two dark masses rise from the waters off of a glacier
       By Frank Paino
    Fin whales in the Svalbard archipelago / Photo by Guillaume Baviere / Flickr “52” is the moniker given to an unidentified whale (most likely a blue or fin) whose high-pitched vocalizati...
  • A tall stone temple dominates the shoreline of a wide river, bathed in the colors of sunset
       By Kedarnath Singh
    Temple in Varanasi / Photo by Saurabh Chatterjee / Flickr Spring descends on this city suddenly and when it does a whirl of dust rises from Lehartara or Manduadih and coats the tongue of this...
  • A dense tangle of tropical forest where bananas hang from the tree
    Photo: Courtesy of the Author  As she pleases  after Tropical Storm Ondoy, 2009  If only words dilute sediments at the bottom of my gut; if only a tongue can let this pain hydroplane into a...
  • A black and white photograph from above of a tree's rings
    There was a time, a certain weather where the butterflies danced paused on the grass to rest and hear the song of the wind echo. There was a time, an ardent weather when the sun shone more stron...
  • A mixed media painting of a blue and a yellow fish
       By Jane Hirshfield
    The Aquarium, 20" x 24" hand-painted paper collage on wood panel, private collection. © Elizabeth St. Hilaire (paperpaintings.com) Three Pebbles Sixth Extinctio...
  • Close up photograph of pollen on a plant
       By Marjorie Evasco
      Farol de Combate  This is how, while darkness  drew my profile with its little finger  I have learned to see past as Montale saw it,  The obscure thoughts of God descending ...
  • Spectators stand on a stone overlook that juts on to a wooded lake that sits at the foot of foggy mountains
       By Major Jackson
    Photo: Picker H/Flickr  November in Xichang  There are cities one won’t see again. – Joseph Brodsky   I. Only a bearded smile shows below a conical hat turning men to rice...
  • A black and white photo of phone booths, tagged with graffiti and lit up from the inside
       By Renátó Fehér
    Photo: Brian Ainsworth/Flickr Borderland (2) Moored in an estuary of chestnut trees is the main building – a mother ship. The sharp-eyed gaze eventually settles, studying the faç...
  • A wildflower sprouts from a mossy forest floor
       By Gemma Gorga
    Photo: M. Maggs/Pixabay La bona educació L’estiu que complia set anys li van regalar un estoig de fusta amb un llapis i una goma.  El llapis, perquè en rosegués la mina fins a tr...

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