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Poem Suite: Missing

May 28, 2014
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Tourists By Em Bowen Around  this time last year, I started to read books about grief. I like to think that I did this because I wanted to be prepared for death, but really, it was an accident. I was in Powell’s Books a month before I left Portland and I happened to see...
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Poem Suite: Family

May 21, 2014
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Poem Suite: Family

3/4 Profile by Rasiqra Revulva   “A night full of talking that hurts, my worst held-back secrets: everything has to do with loving and not loving   This night will pass.” -Rumi – “There You Are” (translated by Coleman Barks)   my mother inserts her every displeasure like an implacable speculum, cranked halfway fever-warm from...
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Woman Made From Iron

May 2, 2014
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By Mohadesa Najumi Dedicated to my mother.  They try to shrink you. Tame you. Convince you that all your rage is a product of your own deficiencies and not theirs. They tell you to cover up. Sink in. Become invisible so they won’t have to come eye to eye with your iron. Your flesh...
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Nigerian Girls Deserve Better Than This

May 1, 2014
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Nigerian Girls Deserve Better Than This

By Minna Salami  On April 14, over two hundred girls aged twelve to seventeen were kidnapped from their school hostel in Borno, a Nigerian state that has become notorious for fundamentalism and terror. As I write this, the whereabouts of the girls remain unknown. Nor has Boko Haram, the key terror group in Nigeria, issued...
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Poems by Liz Latty

April 30, 2014
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How to be a Normal Family 1. A small girl wriggles around on the couch under a blanket. Rubs the soft corner against her cheek. The doctor enters the room, closes the door.  He tells the mother to wrap the blanket around the girl and lie on top of her.  When the girl screams, her...
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Finding Your Different

April 28, 2014
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By Vaidehi Mujumdar  We’ve already buried so much of our different, it feels so hard to find. Almost every day, my friend and I exchange poetry, current articles, quotes, and the casual Buzzfeed posts in an effort to satiate our love of reading. We live in different places, work different jobs, and have different...
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For Darker Sisters

April 17, 2014
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By Ahmad Greene-Hayes I am the great-great-great grandson of former enslaved Georgians—the Johnson family to be exact. I come from a lineage of individuals whom I do not know, and unfortunately know little about. All I know is that they picked cotton and tobacco, tilled fields, and did all they could to comply with...
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2 poems by Margaree Little

April 16, 2014
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BLACKBERRY GARDEN As though by going back to it now it would become clear—or more than that, say what you mean, come right, a resolution of the leaves piling up in the yard, then turning to mulch, behind the house the blackberry bushes taking over the length of the garden.  In the summer the...
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Should I Be Telling You This?

January 30, 2014
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By Sarah Brent “If two people come together, who’ve never had any power except by the way of abuse, it’s going to be bad. Both of us had power exerted over us as children. I eventually learned that as an adult, I was still doing the dance, seeking out abusive relationships. That doesn’t mean...
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Book Review: “A Penny Saved” by Arisa White

January 29, 2014
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  A Penny Saved, by Arisa White (Willow Books) Reviewed by Sarah Mantilla Griffin   Between September 2001 and June 2012, far more American women were killed by domestic and intimate partner violence than U.S. troops were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Despite these staggering figures, domestic violence remains largely hidden from public...
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    In our Poem Suites, we bring together the voices of emerging and established poets exploring a common theme. In today’s Poem Suite, two poets explore processes of change, motion, and becoming from feminist perspectives.        From “Lesion” By Indrani Sengupta   thereafter   overgrown freckle. overzealous lovemark not [...]

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    By Tsitsi Jaji   Pause. (For All the Madibas)*   There is a breath before the pendulum rends its center, A breath before what leapt comes back to its ground.     There, men and women in chains broke rock, forcing it to deliver         .   [...]