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Centering

Lynne Knight Pedestal
The Canadian poet Lynne Knight adds a feminist/ecological turn to Copernicus’s classical paradigm shift about the earth circling the sun.

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Callie Barr’s Black Bottom

Malcolm Tariq Georgia Review
The identity of an African American woman Callie, who was William Faulkner’s maid, is seen from different perspectives in Malcolm Tariq’s poem.

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Viet Nam is Still With Us

Buff Whitman-Bradley
California poet Buff Whitman-Bradley reminds us that some wars never end.

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Corpse of the Revolution

Majid Naficy
The great exiled Persian poet Majid Naficy exposes the continuing pain of Iranian people.

Mark Zuckerberg and I

Brendan Walsh Rattle
“I’ve become obsessed,” writes the poet Branden Walsh, “with trying to understand the compulsions and sickness of a society that believes billionaires are a healthy/natural component of civilization.” He tries here to humanize just one.

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The Father of Our Country

Kim Roberts Southern Review
With tongue in cheek, Kim Roberts explores the patriarchal origins of our Thanksgiving holiday.

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Here nor There

Clint Smith Adroit Journal
The poet Clint Smith, born and raised in New Orleans, writes from a wistful perspective of the city “kept from becoming.”

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Redlining

Ashley M. Jones Steel Toe Review
The Alabama-based poet Ashley M. Jones has a thing or two to say about “redlining” (aka housing discrimination).

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The Burying Ground

Joseph Zaccardi Weight of Bodily Touches
An encounter with the mutilated statue of a freed slave leads the California poet Joseph Zaccardi to consider the names of those left nameless.
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