Poetry Corner: Age is Creeping Up by Norman Molesko

AGE IS CREEPING UP By Norman Molesko https://www.lapoetsociety.org/norman-molesko I write about aging reality, my reality and the realities of those I meet and know. For me it is human to share, whether walking or in a wheelchair.   Various seniors and oldies feel similar in many ways, jaw boning at a market place, complaining in a doctor’s office, letting hair down over the phone.   They relate twinges and pains, illnesses and [...]

By |2023-02-02T19:43:20-05:00February 2nd, 2023|Aging, Arts, Disability issues, Health, Poetry Corner|0 Comments

Poetry Corner: That Man’s America

That Man’s America by S. A. Gerber   I struggle to stand on the wave covered deck. My work boots are held together with glue and screws. I impress the Liberals with my ragged appearance. I will work until they say stop. I will eat their leftover sandwiches and drink free coffee. I smoke on their loading docks and write poetry. I accept their pay and do not ask for more. I [...]

By |2023-01-02T02:25:09-05:00January 2nd, 2023|Arts, Low income, People, Poetry Corner, Poverty|0 Comments

Poetry Corner: Political prisoner Eric King

MORE: by political prisoner Eric King The universe continually expands but my world stays stagnant these walls never move, these windows never open. I remember tho, I’ve been someone else’s pain, Made other's space feel like their own ADX the goal then, it seems isn’t just to breathe fresh air but to breathe it as a better me To never be someone else’s warden What good is being free if only to [...]

Hip-Hop vs. Columbus

Goodbye Columbus A compilation of Rap lyrics exposing the colonial, white supremacist reality of Columbus, compiled by XXL magazine.   “Dig It!” by The Coup “Gunned us, stunned us exploited and they hung us/I'd like to take a moment to say, 'Fuck Columbus!'”   “The Illest” by Immortal Technique, Featuring Jean Grae and Pumpkinhead “My arrival is genocidal like Christopher Columbus” —Immortal Technique   “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” by Lupe [...]

Poetry Corner: To Roosevelt by Ruben Dario

To Roosevelt by Rubén Darío [Excerpt]   The United States is powerful and great. When they shake there's a deep tremor That passes through the enormous vertebrae of the Andes. If you cry out, it is heard like the roar of a lion. Hugo already said to Grant: "The stars are yours." (The Argentine sun barely shines And the Chilean star rises...) You are rich; You add to the cult of Hercules [...]

By |2022-09-01T12:10:05-05:00September 1st, 2022|Historical, Movements, Poetry Corner|0 Comments

Poetry Corner: How Far?

How Far…?   by Nia Asante   How far back do we roll amerika? How far back do we go?   If we roll back Roe do we go back to whips and chains? Do we go back to chastity belts?   We still have marriages that are arranged. Honor killings and genital mutilation should seem strange!   How far is too far amerika? Do we build you with chain gangs? Is [...]

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 [...]

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