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City Lights

Peter Neil Carroll Marin Poetry Center Anthology XXI 2018
In multicultural San Francisco, poet Peter Neil Carroll captures the local support for refugee rights.

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Eternal Recurrence

Deborah Landau American Poetry Review
“what’s so neo/about neo-nazis,” asks the poet Deborah Landau. And maybe it’s time to do something!

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The Death of Free Speech

Clint Margrave Chiron Review
At a time when our Bill of Rights is endangered, Los Angeles poet Clint Margrave offers some wisdom on the matter of free speech.

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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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