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What Is Left

Bunkong Tuon Copper Nickel
A survivor of the American war in Cambodia, the poet Bunkong Tuon lives with ancestral ghosts and gratitude for what is left.


Yellow Stars

Elizabeth Zelvin
“I will not be invisible,” writes NY poet Elizabeth Zelvin of her Jewish female identity, “I will not be herded/…I do not accept your yellow stars.”


Heavy Work

Lita Kurth
Poetry for Labor Day: The working-class persists, survives, says California poet Lita Kurth; but it sure isn’t easy.


What’s in a Name?

Carol Kanter
Who is Jack Smith? asks the poet Carol Kanter. Cross your fingers. Is he the hero who shows that someone with a fancier name is not above the law? Look it up.


Poetry, Biography, and the Unknowable

Hollis Robbins Los Angeles Review of Books
These books offer two approaches to the life and work of Wheatley, who is a cornerstone figure of the U.S. and African American literary traditions.


Chinese Exclusion Act

Gerald Sloan
Arkansas poet Gerald Sloan reminds us that the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was no “act” but often lost to history and found again.


Poisoned Water

Philip C. Kolin
Mississippi poet Philip C. Kolin reminds us of the next imminent global disaster—bad water—and in some places it’s already here.



Peter Neil Carroll Cultural Daily
There’s more than a little irony in Peter Carroll’s poem about a woman who has been imprisoned for over 20 years being “free to start over.”


F Is for Fear

Heidi Seaborn Rattle
Poet Heidi Seaborn (a distinctive surname) envisions a death at sea by strangulation, though it didn’t quite happen that way.


History Repeats Itself

W. D. Ehrhart
A poet sensitive to injustice, W.D. Ehrhart projects a “broken-hearted world without end.”
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