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Rachel Eliza Griffiths

dear America

By Rachel Eliza Griffiths I pick you up
& you are a child made of longing
clasped to my neck. Iridescent,
lovely, your inestimable tantrums,
David Ebenbach

Looking for a Job

By David Ebenbach What you want, at least, is the dignity
of a Sisyphus—you want to see yourself
on a hilltop, your muscles and hands
afire and chest roaring for breath, and
Leslie Anne Mcilroy

forge [fawrj, fohrj]

By Leslie Anne Mcilroy (1) to form by heating and hammering; beat into shape, as in the child’s back
burning, shoulders of flame, ribs of shame till she is no longer what she
was, but what you want her to be; 2) to form or make, especially by
concentrated effort, as in pride, see the girl, my girl, take credit, look what I
Naomi Ayala

Within Me

By Naomi Ayala
Homero Aridjis

La profecía del hombre / The Prophesy of Man

By Homero Aridjis
Maria Melendez Kelson

For Light So Loved the World She Gave it More

By Maria Melendez Kelson
Yusef Komunyakaa

Islands

By Yusef Komunyakaa
Natalie Diaz

Ode to the Beloved’s Hips

By Natalie Diaz
Joy Harjo

In a World Long Before This One

By Joy Harjo Harjo opens her performance with an honor song, followed by the poem.
Danez Smith

Dear White America

By Danez Smith
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