Poetry Corner: “The End and the Beginning”

"The End and the Beginning": by Wisława Szymborska After every war someone has to clean up. Things won't straighten themselves up, after all. Someone has to push the rubble to the side of the road, so the corpse-filled wagons can pass. Someone has to get mired in scum and ashes, sofa springs, splintered glass, and bloody rags.      Well-known in her native Poland, Wisława Szymborska (1923–2012) received international recognition when she won [...]

By |2022-04-30T18:01:52-05:00April 30th, 2022|Europe, Feminism, Peace, Peace and War, Poetry Corner, War|0 Comments

Poetry Corner: Matt Sedillo & Review of “City on the Second Floor”

POST (excerpt) By Matt Sedillo, from “City on the Second Floor)   Tomorrow doesn’t show up all at once But when it does Liquidate the pension Automate the factory Auction off the options Don’t worry bout me I worry free Free-lance contingency Smiling at your service to gig economy Side hustle, millennial, post industrial standard Hire me as an adjunct Fire me as contingent Into a city I cannot afford to live [...]

Poetry Corner: The Banning of the 1619 Project

The Banning of "The 1619 Project" by Tyrece Jefferson   There's no "patriotic education" But to enslave Black lives. We knew before "Ruby Bridges" Where the fact lies. Tell us the truth, not a bunch of lies. We still see segregated Black kids in school lunch lines. The world still racist No matter how they may screen. We have known brutal oppression Since the Confederacy of 1619.   Is this ban gonna [...]

Poetry Corner: Boricua en la Luna – Puerto Rican on the Moon

Boricua en la luna Por Don Juan Antonio Corretjer   Desde las ondas del mar que son besos a su orilla una mujer de Aguadilla vino a New York a cantar Pero no, solo a llorar un largo llanto y morir. De ese llanto yo nací como la lluvia una fiera. Y vivo en larga espera de cobrar lo que perdí.   Por un cielo que se hacía más feo más volaba [...]

In Memoriam: Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz

Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz Biography/Obituary   Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz was born in Yorkshire, England on July 7, 1950. A stalwart of the progressive anti-war community, he died on January 19, 2022, at Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, California, at the age of 71. He is survived by his loving, devoted and beautiful wife, Lili Etezady Kaskiewicz, as well as three siblings. After earning his graduate degree in classical physics, Paul’s career began with a stint in Princeton, New Jersey [...]

Poetry Corner: Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson

Lift Every Voice and Sing By James Weldon Johnson [Excerpt]   Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise High as the listening skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us. Facing [...]

Poetry Corner: “Malcolm” by Sonia Sanchez

Malcolm by Sonia Sanchez (Excerpt)   Do not speak to me of martyrdom, of men who die to be remembered on some parish day. I don't believe in dying though, I too shall die. And violets like castanets will echo me.   Reprinted from Hospitality, publication of the Open Door Collective, dedicated to the Black Jesus, which provided food and shelter to poor people in Atlanta and recently relocated to Baltimore as [...]

By |2021-12-02T01:32:46-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Poetry Corner|0 Comments

Poetry Corner: Julian Assange & Mega-Media

JULIAN ASSANGE  AND MEGA MEDIA by Chan Mongol https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/julian-assange-and-mega-media/ We are as same as Julian Assange, in this age; We bring up truths against their lies, days after days.   But Julian Assange is in the prison and we are not; We are unpopular but in their attention, Julian was caught!   Same minded people are all over, everywhere; They picked up one Julian to start another type of war.   Julian got [...]

By |2021-11-03T00:25:52-05:00November 3rd, 2021|Biden, Democracy, Donald Trump, Poetry Corner|0 Comments

Poetry Corner: The ramifications of being Black in the united states

The ramifications of being Black in the united states by Mariana Franco [Excerpt]   Death Loss of Breath final words "I can't breathe" Death from privileged white tears Death from soulless blue shield devils Black death shadowing over Black lives matter Too many names to say too many names to say Too many names to say the ramification of being Black in the united states is death We got to rise up [...]

Poetry Corner: Shallow Roots by Michael Novick

Shallow Roots by Michael Novick [excerpts] I have shallow roots in the blood-soaked soil of Turtle Island. My father arrived from Bialystok in the '30s, in his teens. There are no Americans in my genes and my genes are in no Americans. My non-biological grand-daughter was raised in Europe and has become a Swede, married to a Swede, with two lovely Swedish children. I am glad she didn't have to grow up [...]

Poetry Corner: Silence for Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish

Silence for Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish [excerpt]   Gaza not the most beautiful of cities it is Its shore not bluer than these of other Arab cities they are And its oranges are not the most beautiful on the Mediterranean And Gaza is not the richest of cities And it is not the most progressive among cities But it is equal to a nation's history Because it is the ugliest in the [...]

Poetry Corner: The Legacy by James Connolly

The Legacy by James Connolly "Thy father is a poor man," -- mark well what that may mean, On the tablets of thy memory that truth write bright and clean, The father's lot it was to toil from earliest boyhood on, And know his latent energies for a master's profit drawn. Or else, ill-starred, to wander round and huckster-like to vend His precious store of brain and brawn to all whom fate [...]

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