Category Archives: Poetry

After Jerry’s Death

Puddled Dark red on black Essence of life Escaped Its true vessel Wasted Deep within Recesses of earth Download this piece as a PDF

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Coal

Black night Of ancient forests Filled with stone sounds Secret moanings and sighs Lightless Heartless Unforgiving of mistake Delved By men Strangers to ease Companions to the dark Download this piece as a PDF

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Hard Times

Coal dust lungs Black on Black Man says Be grateful for the work Plenty of others Walkin’ the street Just hoping for the chance Download this piece as a PDF

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In the Pit

This is the first in a series of poems we will be publishing by the author over the coming months. written at the coal face of US Steel’s Morton Mine There is more to the battle to stop Mountaintop Removal … Continue reading

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Permaculture

Together we learn the “zen”of the shovel, using our whole bodies to make the arc that breaks concrete and opens furrows. We find seeds that the ancestors buried in sacred pots made of common clay. We plant them deep, water … Continue reading

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Alice Lovelace: Unity

Alice Lovelace performs her poem, “Unity” for the 30th anniversary celebration of the Organization of Black Struggle. Reproduced with permission. Click to view — this is a video piece. Download this piece as a PDF

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See You Later, Arizona

Arizona…I’ve decided to Stay away for as long as it takes To avoid narrow minded pendejos And ridiculous flakes I will not spend my dinero En lugares where I’m not wanted Gente who look like me Maltratado and taunted Download … Continue reading

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Liberate Arizona

Arizona, the land Of the bright yellow sun The land of our ancestors Since time has begun The land of the original People of this hemisphere And its cousins the winged, Two legged and dancing deer Download this piece as … Continue reading

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Socialism Offers the Best Hope for Humanity

I am a Chicano who believes that socialism offers the best hope of effecting fundamental social change for the benefit of humankind.  Historically, the Marxist approach to understanding the nature of class struggle and social divisions offers the most coherent … Continue reading

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The Dog

Near the military barracks a stray dog was shot; it was a skinny cur, flea-ridden which the military commanders believe to be a defiant guerrilla who changed into a dog and urinated on their tents. Download this piece as a … Continue reading

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