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Happy Birthday, A.J.M. Smith

69 NEWS OF THE PHOENIX They say the Phoenix is dying, some say dead. Dead without issue is what one message said, But that has been suppressed, officially denied. I think myself the man who sent it lied. In any … Continue reading

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“Wisconsin”

By Nate Klug By new names and then no names at all, their laws will reach your land, Lorine, to feed on your much loved marshy spaces whose occasional faces discern a stranger from far off but like to take … Continue reading

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Feel the heat, W.B. Yeats

(Should maybe be “Feel the hate, W.B. Yeats.”) First, a poem: The Scholars By: William Butler Yeats Bald heads forgetful of their sins, Old, learned, respectable bald heads Edit and annotate the lines That young men, tossing on their beds, … Continue reading

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“Schizophrénie linguistique”

I will not speak French on the school grounds. I will not speak French on the school grounds. I will not speak French… I will not speak French… I will not speak French… Hé ! Ils sont pas bêtes, salauds. … Continue reading

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Poem: “Burdens of the Day, Nov. 12, 1936”

“Burdens of the Day, Nov. 12, 1936” by: Duane Big Eagle On the day they opened the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Japan put on a dragon’s mask and marched into China. Archduke Otto of Austria got back the Hapsburg throne … Continue reading

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Poem: “My Grandfather Was a Quantum Physicist”

“My Grandfather Was a Quantum Physicist” by: Duane Big Eagle (rather tellingly, he doesn’t seem to have his own wikipedia entry) I can see him now smiling in full dance costume in front of the roundhouse on a sunny afternoon. Scientists … Continue reading

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Poem: “There Were Roses”

by Tommy Sands So my song for you this evening, it’s not to make you sad Nor for adding to the sorrows of our troubled northern land But lately I’ve been thinking and it just won’t leave my mind I’ll … Continue reading

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Poem: “The White Man’s Burden”

Take up the White Man’s burden– Send forth the best ye breed– Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives’ need; To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild– Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child. … Continue reading

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Poem: “The Brown Man’s Burden”

Pile on the brown man’s burden To gratify your greed; Go, clear away the “niggers” Who progress would impede; Be very stern, for truly ‘Tis useless to be mild With new-caught, sullen peoples, Half devil and half child. Pile on … Continue reading

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Poem: “On Living”

This poem, written by Nazim Hikemet and translated by Mutlu Konuk and Randy Blasing, was in an exhibit at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library in Washington, DC, in September 2013. I Living is no laughing matter: you must live with … Continue reading

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