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Persis M. Karim Take their limbs strewn about the streets—
multiply by a thousand and one.
Ask everyone in Baghdad who has lost
Nicholas Samaras What is that red throbbing over the sound of engines?
Why is a distant war still being talked about in the media?
I can't see my home or Iraq or the Middle East
outside this bowed rectangle of blue altitude.
Venus Thrash Deep in the heart of the Garden of Eden,
past the Euphrates & Tigris riverbanks,
the marsh grass, reed beds, bulrushes,
Shailja Patel sing history
back onto itself, sing tearing
whole again, sing altered
Sheila Black My daughter works in the Apple Store--the Help Center, open 24-7,
people from all fifty states, angry because their iPhones
malfunctioned or they don't know how to program their data
Natalie Diaz In the Kashmir mountains,
my brother shot many men,
blew skulls from brown skins,
Joseph Ross Hammering on rocks
can break the hammerer's back
Lisa L. Moore Word got out about the bad bill.
College students packed up their bikinis,
went back to Austin to tell those men why
Ruth Forman why so afraid to stand up?
someone will tell you
Samiya Bashir Brother I don't either understand this
skipscrapple world that is--these
slick bubble cars zip feverish down