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Ariana Brown

WITNESS

By Ariana Brown you said you held a gun first / then a girl / & both begged for mercy / & you are afraid / of your own
body / of the hands that are their own haunting / the coal / bursting through / your glowing skin / black
Caits Meissner

13 Hours in the Future

By Caits Meissner I am 13 hours in the future & it is night / the rain is holding her breath
my friend, isn’t Penang opening to us! / a lotus unveiling a carnival
the paper lanterns are skirts / or balls pushed along by tiger’s nose
our smoke is a canon / dare devil on its way to an unnamed star
Rebecca Black

School of the Americas

By Rebecca Black Sergio has ink-pot eyes, girlish wrists.
He draws superheroes extremely well—
Avengers, Wolfman, El Toro Rojo,
Ellen McGrath Smith

Spelling Down

By Ellen McGrath Smith I wanted bad to advance to Washington, D. C.
I wanted to be anyone but me.
The nun who had trained me for the spelling bee
needed a ride, and I was so worried all the way across town
Jeffrey McDaniel

God

By Jeffrey McDaniel Jeffrey McDaniel performs the poem "God" at the 2010 Split This Rock Poetry Festival.
Sherwin Bitsui

The Northern Sun

By Sherwin Bitsui Sherwin Bitsui performs the poem "The Northern Sun" at the 2012 Split This Rock Poetry Festival.
Myra Sklarew

Exchange

By Myra Sklarew Myra Sklarew reads "Exchange" at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival.
Wang Ping

On a Playground in Park Slope, Brooklyn a Retired Neurologist from Beijing is Cursing

By Wang Ping Wang Ping reads "On a Playground in Park Slope, Brooklyn a Retired Neurologist from Beijing is Cursing" at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival.
Gayle Danley

She Didn’t Need to Know

By Gayle Danley Gayle Danley performs "She Didn't Need to Know" at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival.
Amina Iro

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By Amina Iro This poem is in video format.
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