the personal is the political is the poetical

Vol. 2 No. 35: Laurence Stacey & Sheila Windsor

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“West blind to war horror” (read more)

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in the heat
of impending war. . .
autumn snail

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Poem by Laurence Stacey. Read more by this poet.

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“Syria: My Journey Into A Nightmare” (read more)

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talk of war. . .
even the crows
fall silent

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Poem by Sheila Windsor. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 2 No. 34: Dick Whyte & Rita Odeh

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“Roastbusters, rape culture and the problem of criminality” (read more)

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first cicada,
into the darkness
more darkness

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Poem by Dick Whyte. Read more by this poet.

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“U.S., Russia fail to agree Syria peace talks date” (read more)

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troop carrier—
a child starts counting:
one two three

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Poem by Rita Odeh. Read more by this poet

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Vol. 2 No. 33: Laurence Stacey & Stella Pierides

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“Don’t Believe in Divorce? Why It Doesn’t Matter” (read more)

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after divorce
the spaces between
stars

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Poem by Laurence Stacey. Read more by this poet.

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“Drought Devastates Epukiro Farmers” (read more)

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autumn loneliness
the farmer makes a wife
for his scarecrow

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Poem by Stella Pierides. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 2 No. 32: Seren Fargo

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“House Bill Would Cut 3.8 Million People From Food Stamp Rolls” (read more)

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reduction in my food stamps—
the rain comes down
even harder

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Poem by Seren Fargo. Read more by this poet.

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“Failing The Disabled” (read more)

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a decade of denials
from federal disability
the losses add up
as quickly
as the symptoms

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Poem by Seren Fargo. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 2 No. 31: Jenny Ward Angyal & Hadley Jones

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“Syria conflict: Kerry says bigger risk not taking action” (read more)

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mourning doves
drawn to a decoy—
our fascination
with the whirligig wings
………..of war

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Poem by Jenny Ward Angyal. Read more by this poet.

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“Federal Environment Minister Mark Butler bows to pressure and delays Abbot Point coal port expansion” (read more)

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in a politician’s pen-stroke the arc of the reef

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Poem by Hadley Jones. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 2 No. 30: Sandip Sital Chauhan & Bill Kenney

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“Congo rebels expect ‘major breakthroughs’ in peace talks” (read more)

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return of peace . . .
after the wild dance
of a firefly

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Poem by Sandip Sital Chauhan. Read more by this poet.

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“Fix the Census’ Archaic Racial Categories” (read more)

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census form—
feeling vaguely guilty
I check white

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Poem by Bill Kenney. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 2 No. 29: Robert D. Wilson & Ramesh Anand

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“Canadian corporal creates online forum for soldiers with PTSD” (read more)

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like the
sampaguita
flower
i wait for a world
that doesn’t need me

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Poem by Robert D. Wilson. Read more by this poet.

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“Some U.S. Military Officers Not Happy With Syrian War Prep” (read more)

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departing spring
the weight of
mother’s hug

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Poem by Ramesh Anand. Read more by this poet.

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Vo. 2 No. 28: Alegria Imperial & Bill Kenney

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“Anti-military protesters rally in Egypt” (read more)

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in a glass the restless dusk

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Poem by Alegria Imperial. Read more by this poet.

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“Allen C. Guelzo’s ‘Gettysburg: The Last Invasion’” (read more)

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Gettysburg . . .
running to catch up
to the children

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Poem by Bill Kenney. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 2 No. 27: Michael Henry Lee & Janet Lynn Davis

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“19 firefighters killed battling fast-moving Ariz. wildfire” (read more)

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fire storm…
an absence of birdsong
fills the canyon

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Poem  by Michael Henry Lee. Read more by this poet.

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“Children struggle in aftermath of Marathon attack” (read more)

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with pebbles
I prop them back up—
my lavender
barely past seedling stage
uprooted by wind

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Poem by Janet Lynn Davis. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 2 No. 26: Ted van Zutphen & Stella Pierdes

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“Lawyer hits back at PM’s attack” (read more)

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twilight moon…
two frogs croaking
mirrors

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Poem by Ted van Zutphen. Read more by this poet.

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“Madison committee considering homeless bill of rights” (read more)

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raining stars
how the begging tin
sounds

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Poem by Stella Pierides. Read more by this poet. First published in Presence (December, 2012).

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