At 12, in the midst of the Vietnam War, poet-to-be Martin Espada faced consequences for refusing to pledge allegiance.
Responding to the shootings in Atlanta’s Gold Spa, poet Patricia Mona Eng uses online quotes of the shooter against the 911 recordings of the Asian woman calling for help.
Martín Espada’s newest collection, Floaters, takes its title from the term used by some Border Patrol police to describe migrants drowned in the Rio Grande.
Hayden Saunier’s poem about the moon walk evokes a hidden memory of wartime trauma.
California poet Patrick Daly writes in the wake of January 6, 2021 about “that other House” endangered by a mob or by “An angry man/red and orange like a flame?”
Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database
“There’s a poem in this place--/a poem in America/a poet in every American,” writes Amanda Gorman in a celebration of the varieties of what is an American.
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Pultizer-prize winning poet Jericho Brown speaks to this critical moment—“the single item on the agenda”—that inspires hope at “this American hour of our lives.”
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