Poetry Corner: Black and Brown Fight Tonight

"Black and Brown Fight Tonight" By David A. Romero [Excerpt]   Black African-American By way of West Africa Transatlantic slave trade From American plantations To the first private prison From the prisons to the fields Fields to the factories Factories to unemployment Unemployment to poverty The inner city Smoldering Almost no way out But Sports Conditioning Fists Flying. "Black and Brown Fight Tonight" is included in My Name Is Romero, a book of poetry by David A. Romero, published by FlowerSong Press of McAllen, TX. My Name [...]

Book Review: Mowing Leaves of Grass

Mowing Leaves of Grass by Matt Sedillo FlowerSong Books, McAllen, TX, 2019 ISBN 9781733809290 www.flowersongbooks.com https://www.mattsedillo.com/ reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A.   If you haven't heard or seen Matt in person, you may not be able to hear the staccato machine gun cadence of his spit fire delivery leaping off the pages of this book of his recent poetry. Here's an example on-line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQUAxBr1Kco of Matt presenting his poem "The Devil," which is on pages 18-22 of the book. Definitely check it out before you [...]

Community Calendar July 2020

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Poetry Corner: George Floyd

George Floyd by James Mozie #96728-004, US Pententiary Tucson As citizens we're outraged and sick of pointless deaths; that was cold-blooded murder with your knee on that man's neck. As he drew his last breath, you forgot your obligation: to serve and protect, but that was not your demonstration. You have sparked a situation through your abuse of power. Sad to say, you weren't the first in this line of cowards. So with no rest, we protest, til injustice pays the price. Don't give that cop a [...]

Poetry Corner: Crime Pays

Crime Pays by D.O.T. Marceo   Laws, laws—let us profit and house the criminals. Do not soften the laws.   Invest in a just enterprise. We house prisoners. It is a business for good.   Make enough arrests. The bottom line suffers when you do not. Help us maintain our wealth.   It is cheaper for you. Shareholders need strict enforcement. Let us open another. D. O. T. Marceo was born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles to a family living in South Los Angeles. Growing up he [...]

The Dialectic of Sex: A Poem for Valentine’s Day

The Dialectic of Sex: A Poem for Valentine's Day by Michael Novick   I was at this camp with a bunch of mostly straight Marxists and I woke up in the middle of the night because I heard a couple fucking. The man would grunt and groan, and the woman wail and moan.   I thought of Shulamith Firestone, who expressed socialism as technology liberating man from work and feminism as technology liberating woman from child-bearing -- restoring Eden: lifting the curse of the casting from the [...]

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Poetry Corner: Still Standin’ on the Land

Still Standin' on the Land by Tashunka Raven   There is a river, call it Pit River with celebrations, at great Mount Shasta's eastern foothills; Home of the legitimate Pit River Nation, who've done justice to Captain Jack's heroic will. They've survived the "Pit River Rangers" and "Buckskin Men", PGE and the massacre at Soldier Mountain, They're still standin' on the land at Big Bend, and drinking from Raymond Lego's model fountain; Join hands like we did at Puget Sound and sacred Blue Lake, and the vic'try [...]

Poetry Corner: Two Poets, Two Poems

More than Enough by D.O.T. Marceo   So just a bit of time we will insist To talk about a living, life and lore: But must the poor here be and to exist? The roles are set. But can we change the score?   The worthy say the heart will bring success: If no support, the will can never fail. Thus all is fair for everyone unless Misfortune hits the rich—his right to wail,   Though willfully obstructs a poor man’s steps That tread so far and [...]

By |2019-11-28T23:37:17-05:00November 28th, 2019|D.O.T. Marceo, People, Poetry Corner, Steve Varalyay|0 Comments

Poetry Corner: Nancy Lawrence

Poetry Corner Poems by Nancy Lawrence   Midnight Ocean A man, dark as midnight, hands me a basket of shells and I can hear the ocean.   Finding Mother Earth It is OK that we walk into the hole in the universe to investigate why the rivers flow nowhere, when answers have been found, we shall rejoice in our power, humanity shall walk softly with Mother Earth.   Pterodactyls Ancient dragonflies fly from primeval water forest, morphed into Pterodactyls. Walls drawn up on borders, we will be [...]

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Poetry Corner: “Because I Say So,” by Mark Lipman

Because I Say So by Mark Lipman   I own, therefore, I’m right.   It’s an argument inevitably used by every single landlord regardless of the pretext simply to get what they want.   No need for a code of ethics or a guiding moral compass certainly, without any standard of community responsibility.   Simply, I want.   And the want is always more … from those who have less, from those living under the constant duress of being unjustly evicted and made homeless.   It’s my [...]

Poetry Corner: Rest in Peace & Power, Henry Howard

A Patient Wind of Peace By Henry Howard   For every mighty blaze of freedom, there is a patient wind of peace to keep the spark alive, a gentle but persistent gale of hope to sweep the world clear of its debris of war and fear.   While everyone knows the name of Mother Theresa, you are the quiet Sister Theresa, who teaches the oppressed to liberate themselves, who teaches the liberated to free humanity, who feeds the hungry, and feeds those hungry for the secrets of [...]

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