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Pamela Alexander

Makers

By Pamela Alexander We didn’t waste them. We used the trees
to build, to burn. Some jungles
got in our way, and animals, especially bears.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis

Drought

By Teri Ellen Cross Davis When you were inside me I could feel you thrive
your rounded kicks, my body your taut drum.
Now I beat these breasts, betrayed by a landscape
that wilts, a place where even tears won’t come.
Amanda Johnston

Night Hike

By Amanda Johnston The Outdoor Afros guide promises our eyes will adjust.
Moonlight is enough to see the beauty in the dark.
Without entering the woods, I see our blackness
pull the grassy hem over our bodies.
Craig Santos Perez

Twinkle, Twinkle, Morning Star

By Craig Santos Perez kaikainaliʻi wakes from her late afternoon nap
and reaches for nālani with small open hands—

count how many papuan children
still reach for their disappeared parents—
Minnie Bruce Pratt

Burning Water

By Minnie Bruce Pratt Minnie Bruce Pratt performs the poem "Burning Water" at the 2012 Split This Rock Poetry Festival.
Kathy Engel

Inaugural

By Kathy Engel Kathy Engel performs the poem "Inaugural" at the 2012 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.
Homero Aridjis

La profecía del hombre / The Prophesy of Man

By Homero Aridjis Homero Aridjis performs "The Prophesy of Man" at the 2012 Split This Rock Poetry Festival.
Tim Seibles

One Turn Around the Sun

By Tim Seibles Tim Seibles performs "One Turn Around the Sun" at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival.
Maria Melendez Kelson

For Light So Loved the World She Gave it More

By Maria Melendez Kelson Maria Melendez Kelson reads "For Light So Loved the World She Gave it More" at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival.
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