Love Poems in Midst of Upheaval

Thursday, April 04, 2013 In celebration of National Poetry Month, we're pleased to feature an excerpted poem from Alice Walker's Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems.

When Walker published her second collection of poems in 1976, she had spent the previous decade deeply immersed in the civil rights movement. In these verses are her most visceral reactions to a moment in history that would shape the country, and that she herself influenced through words and advocacy. In hymns to ancestors, passionate
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Excerpt of the Week: From My Nature is Hunger by Luis J. Rodríguez

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Quote from Luis Rodriguez 

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we're sharing "The Wanton Life," a powerful poem from Luis J. Rodríguez's My Nature is Hunger, a collection that represents the best of his lyrical work during his most prolific period as a poet, a time when he carefully documented the rarely heard voices of immigrants and the poor living on society’s margins.

For Rodríguez’s subjects, the city is all-consuming, devouring lives, hopes, and the dreams of its citizens even as it
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