Our dream is still with us, Our mission must not fail. If we all work together, Peace will prevail.
pops a clip into his handgun presses both ears to the door left hand taut upon the handle waits... bursts out into darkness street lamps distant spins like cops stroboscopic precision one pound steel held high two mammoth hands sight lowered, aimed, trigger finger gun dog stiff... two tiny culprits run leaving smashed Christmas bulbs in the street he pulls back grudgingly too bad, he says, ìtomorrow, we take our lights down. [a prior version of this poem was published in ChangeLinks many years ago] © 1993, [...]
by Mark Lipman ATTENTION, Walmart Shoppers: Somewhere in the swollen bowels of some dank and dimly lit offshore sweatshop maybe in China, or Vietnam, or Bangladesh the lights are being turned out in a young girl's eyes as she frantically stitches her childhood away one 12-hour shift at a time without sunlight or bathroom breaks or a proper education for pennies a day. Itís just Good Business. It helps the bottom line, when there are no labor laws, or health requirements, or pesky regulations to get in [...]
Luis J. Rodriguez, well-known for his memoir "Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.," was appointed as Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti on Oct. 9. "Luis Rodriguez is an example of how powerful an impact literature can have on young lives, and as Poet Laureate, he will impact youth across Los Angeles," Mayor Garcetti said. "I have no doubt that Luis will run with this new role and take it to new heights." As Poet Laureate, Rodriguez will [...]