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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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The Right Poetry Collection For Right Now

Walton Muyumba Los Angeles Times
This poet's sixth collection offers aims helping us reflect on our difficult times. Hayes, an African American poet, wrote this new collection during the first 200 days of the Trump administration.

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Aftermath

Chad Davidson Green Mountains Review
“Our hearts go out/ but only as the yo-yo might,” writes Georgia poet Chad Davidson of the shock world we mostly live in.

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Quartering

Seema Reza The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database
What it means to bring a war back home is the subject of Seema Reza’s searing poem about our soldiers.

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Boy White American

Amy O'Reilly Tar River Poetry Review
Amy O’Reilly’s “Boy White American” puts her finger not so gently on the dangers in a Trumpian universe of gender roles.
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