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Katy Richey

For Brown Girls

By Katy Richey must be tight
spiral wound
corset of rope
be body and
undertaker be
E. Ethelbert Miller

Are You Listening?

By E. Ethelbert Miller If I was tree green instead of black
they would come and cut my branches,
destroy my roots, transport my
life and turn me into paper pulp.
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
Bobbi Johnson

Untitled Spoken Word

By Bobbi Johnson
Thomas “Tom Cat” Hill


By Thomas "Tom Cat" Hill
Kenneth Carroll

Presidential Love Letter

By Kenneth Carroll
Kim Roberts

The International Fruit of Welcome

By Kim Roberts
Gayle Danley

She Didn’t Need to Know

By Gayle Danley
Carolyn Forché

The Museum of Stones

By Carolyn Forché These are your stones, assembled in matchbox and tin,
collected from roadside, culvert, and viaduct,
battlefield, threshing floor, basilica, abattoir–
stones, loosened by tanks in the streets
Niki Herd

Blessed Be

By Niki Herd the black body found
next door near the house where
the blind girl lived
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