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Poetic obituary for Dennis Brutus

Poetic obituary for Dennis Brutus

On December 26, Dennis Brutus – internationally renowned South African poet and human rights activist – died at the age of 85. Brutus spent time with Nelson Mandela in Robben Island prison and years in exile from his native land because of his opposition to the Apartheid regime. The following poem was written to celebrate Brutusí eightieth birthday. Stone Hammered to Gravel by Martin Espada The office workers did not know, plodding through 1963 and Marshall Square station in Johannesburg,…

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Poetry Corner

Poetry Corner

Overtime by Jackie Sheeler The Feldsteins have a colic baby: she cries all night, can’t eat, can’t sleep except in snatches – (Mrs. Feldstein breast- feeds and the wheat she boils for breakfast sickens her infant. But this is not the point.) Baby dropped to sleep just ten minutes ago. Mrs. F, pale with her all-day/all-night walks and the incessant machinery of rocking, sprawls on her brown velvet La-Z Boy, goes out like a light. Minutes later, you lean on…

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

by Steve Bloom, Green Party of New York State At the time of the first one the Wampanoags knew how to give thanks– and an apology as well– to the deer or other beast they were about to kill so their family and village could have something to eat. The pilgrims, however, only gave thanks for their food, not to it, and did not apologize– either to the animals who helped provision their table or to their dinner companions, for…

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April 10, 2006 (New York City)

April 10, 2006 (New York City)

by Steve Bloom Green Party of New York State Sometimes politics proves to be as strange as poetry. Never thought that I would feel at home in a demonstration where one American flag follows another, after another, after another. But today itís not the usual “my country can beat up your country” crowd. No, this time itís the invisible people, speaking out loud for a change. “I am Haitian; I am Korean; I am Pakistani,” they tell me. “I am…

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