Tag Archives: Poetry on Race

SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: EMMA LAZARUS

1492 By Emma Lazarus Thou two-faced year, Mother of Change and Fate, Didst weep when Spain cast forth with flaming sword, The children of the prophets of the Lord, Prince, priest, and people, spurned by zealot hate. Hounded from sea … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: DEVIN KELLY

FEAR OF By Devin Kelly We are discussing the roots of things. How phobia means fear of, and we make them up. Bookaphobia. Classroomaphobia. Girlaphobia. I say there will be a quiz. They laugh. It is evening in a small … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON

BLACK WOMAN By Georgia Douglas Johnson Don’t knock at the door, little child,       I cannot let you in, You know not what a world this is       Of cruelty and sin. Wait in the still eternity       Until I come to you, … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: NORMA LILIANA VALDEZ

By Norma Liliana Valdez: UNACCOMPANIED Everything is happening now. Everything is present tense. The horses. The running. The losing. This operation is a well-oiled machine. All is slow motion until dusk. After dusk come the icy furrows. Overnight temperatures the … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: JACINTA V. WHITE

STANDING IN COURAGE By Jacinta V. White Dangerous, wanted Endangered, hunted              Majestic Beauty protected Enraged              You, young                           Black man Stand in courage              In love              In honor                           Resurrected              In glory Forget put upon shame Young man stand              In beauty              In strength … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: NOMI STONE

By Nomi Stone: WAR GAME, AMERICA The war scenario has: [vegetables stalls], [roaming animals], and [people] in it. The people speak the language of the country we are trying to make into a kinder country. Some of the people over … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: YEHUDA AMICHAI ON YOM KIPPUR

JERUSALEM, 1967 By Yehuda Amichai On Yom Kippur in 1967, the Year of Forgetting, I put on my dark holiday clothes and walked to the Old City of Jerusalem. For a long time I stood in front of an Arab’s … Continue reading

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