Posts Tagged ‘Homeless Poem’

“Sacramento Police Arrest 17 at Homeless Camp” (Dick Whyte)

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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………………..the last embers
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………………..17 homeless arrested
………………..in Sacramento

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Headlines:

“Sacramento Police Arrest 17 at Homeless Camp” (Sacramento Bee)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Sell Vatican to end hunger, comic says” (Chen-ou Liu)

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

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Church side door—
in a cracked hand
two coins

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Headlines:

“Sell Vatican to end hunger, comic says” (Toronto Star)

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Poem by Chen-ou Liu (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Agencies for the homeless stuggle to cope with demand” (Anon)

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

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………………..in the milk beggar’s sleeve dried bonito

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Headlines:

“Agencies for the homeless stuggle to cope with demand” (New Zealand Herald)

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Anonymous 18th century senryu translated by Dick Whyte (see Donald Keene, ‘World Within Walls’ for the original Japanese). Read more classical Japanese poetry.

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“Homeless good Samaritan left to die on NYC street” (Michael Henry Lee)

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

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in Queens
apparently the only good Samaritan
is a dead one

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Headlines:

“Homeless good Samaritan left to die on NYC street” (Yahoo News)

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Poem by Michael Henry Lee (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet

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“Equality, a True Soul Food” (Chen-ou Liu)

Friday, February 4th, 2011

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a homeless man
leans against the sidewall
of a church…
the priest and his elders
argue about God’s will

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Headlines:

“Equality, a True Soul Food” (New York Times)

“Faith in a globalized age by Tony Blair” (Toronto Star)

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Poem by Chen-ou Liu (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Deadly fire leaves 6,000 refugees homeless” (Garry Eaton)

Monday, March 21st, 2011

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headline
covering a sleeping beggar—
‘Homeless Crisis Under Control’

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Headlines:

“Deadly fire leaves 6,000 refugees homeless” (Asian Tribute)

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Poem by Garry Eaton (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 5: Jack Galmitz, John McManus, Robert Moyer, Bill Kenney, Chen-ou Liu

Monday, February 13th, 2012

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“Army is reviewing Madigan’s reversal of PTSD diagnoses” (Seattle Times)

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turning away
the soldier’s face
deformed

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Poem by Jack Galmitz. Read more by this poet.

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“Homeless people ‘excluded’ from European rights” (The Parliament)

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homeless shelter—
losing count of the cracks
in the ceiling

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Poem by John McManus. Read more by this poet.

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“For Valentine’s Day, Venus and Jupiter snuggle up together” (Washington Post)

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Valentine’s Day
Venus and Jupiter
get cozy

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Poem by Bill Kenney. Read more by this poet.

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“Path is found for the spread of Alzheimer’s” (New York Times)

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from plate to mouth
the food on his fork
forgotten

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Poem by Robert Moyer. Read more by this poet.

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“Petty Toronto politics mustn’t sink chance to do something great with the waterfront” (Global and Mail)

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young tourists
strolling along Queen’s Quay
in spring sunlight
a Chinese man plays
The Song of Nostalgia

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Poem by Chen-ou Liu. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 11: Steve Wilkinson, Bill Kenney, Jack Galmitz, Garry Eaton, Pravat Kumar Padhy

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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“Companies promised fee for giving ex-prisoners work” (read more)

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rehabilitated
the cash till drawer
closes slowly

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Poem by Steve Wilkinson. Read more by this poet.

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“Obama Shift on Providing Contraceptives Splits Critics” (read more)

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the Church teaches . . .
will the Bishops
ever learn?

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Poem by Bill Kenney. Read more by this poet.

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“Workers Struggles: The Americas” (read more)

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a mural
of marching workers
moulded over

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Poem by Jack Galmitz. Read more by this poet.

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“Philadelphia Regulates Brotherly Love to Curb Homeless Picnics” (read more)

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teaching his dog
..to sit
a homeless man

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Poem by Garry Eaton. Read more by this poet.

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“Unrest in Arab World” (read more)

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the Arab spring—
blending the color of difference
into a white rose

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Poem by Pravat Kumar Padhy. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 15: Rita Odeh, Bruno Coelho, Terry O’Connor, Aditya Bahl, Claire Everett

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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“Iraq militia stone youths to death for “emo” style” (read more)

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stoned to death…
the seagull’s cry
lingers

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Poem by Rita Odeh. Read more by this poet.

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“10 Unbelievably Shitty Things America Does to Homeless People” (read more)

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rainy night—
the moon shines
somewhere else

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Poem by Bruno Coelho. Read more by this poet.

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“North Korean Prison Camp Escapee Tells of Horrors, Worries About Those Left Behind” (read more)

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escape . . .
the grey heron
dripping twilight

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Poem by Terry O’Connor. Read more by this poet. ..

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“Fears Greece may need more loans” (read more)

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wishing well—
i ask her
to lend me a coin

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Poem by Aditya Bahl. Read more by this poet.

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“The worst case for war with Iran” (read more)

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spring moon
moving closer
to a war

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Poem by Claire Everett. Read more by this poet.

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