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The Fake That’s Real

By Mary Elise Bailey
Poet Mary Elise Bailey has studied and re-studied the rhetoric of 2016 presidential shopping. This selection is part of a longer work, Duct Tape.

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A Syrian Epic

Muhammad Umar J. Salimi San Francisco Chronicle
“A Syrian Epic,” by San Francisco poet Muhammad Umar J. Salimi, tells of what is lost and what can never be lost.

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Frequently Asked Questions: #7

Camille T. Dungy Split this Rock
The award-winning poet Camille T. Dungy captures a specific, amazing moment when a stranger suddenly realizes the price of racism.

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Gone . . .

Lee Rossi
California poet Lee Rossi explores the impact of toppling old heroes, their myths, their monuments, their wrongs.

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Operating on the Body Politic

Philip Fried Dispatches from the Poetry Wars
New York poet Philip Fried makes a diagnosis of brain damage to explain the body politic of a certain politician with orange hair.

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Paper Crowns

Joanne Diaz American Poetry Review
“All blindness and much worse,” writes Illinois poet Joanne Diaz of the invisibility of Black life to oblivious white people.

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American Arithmetic

Natalie Diaz Verse Daily
“I am doing my best to not become a museum,” writes Native American poet Natalie Diaz of complexities of preserving her identity as a person among people.

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The Embarrassment of Being in the World

Kathy Nilsson What Nature: Poems
Massachusetts poet Kathy Nilsson exposes feelings of alienation in the current state of the world: “I don’t recall being American, or even here.”
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