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November 21, 14

Next comes the Valley of Love. / Walk here and drown in fire / for in this valley only fire lives. / If you are not a lover of fire, / then leave, / because a true lover / is one with fire, / a true lover ignites, / sizzles and chars like fire. Read More  »

November 19, 14

my snake would scare away cops / if they came bothering Mama and me / when we are dancing to our records / high off something Ricky gave us Read More  »

November 13, 14

Paul Hoover is the recipient of a 2014 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for his translation of Nightmare Running on a Meadow of Absolute Light, by María Baranda.Read More  »

November 12, 14

dressed white on white in the crisis of surveillance, / who can stop this, / the whole white colony is moulting shares, / drones cloud the sky overhead / dead-on to bomb the infestations / crossing the lawns without suit cases Read More  »

November 5, 14

Though the fathers and brothers and potential husbands who fought us and fell are entombed and their monuments decorated with cockscomb and digitalis, we wait for the earth to open and spit out our bodies to the statisticians Read More  »

October 29, 14

Today I pumped in the Atlanta airport women’s restroom / At the sink while ppl walked past / And I wore one of those bras for hands free pumping / Which also meant I wore a tinge of shame I knew I shouldn’t feel Read More  »

October 23, 14

He "died" "in the" battle, then fear / "And" sadness infected my milk / "My" baby "died," "on" "the" boardwalk / I "died" when "you" / Turned "your" car into "the" crowd, "I / Died" "in" a cage Read More  »

October 15, 14

First an army destroys a temple, the limbs of men and statues are demolished, their names disappear, the soldiers become a hero, then a number, then a statue is re-erected to pay homage to all the fallen, a parade drums by. Fireworks deafen our...Read More  »

October 8, 14

Listen to poet Natalie Diaz grapple with betraying her family in her book of poetry "When My Brother Was an Aztec" and share about the ongoing Mojave Language Revitalization Program. Read More  »

October 8, 14

He knew that a planet, too, wanders, open, in a field of asters. And watched / the terror vanish, falling with the trees into darkness. You walk the dark to recall // a specific point in an argument in which you saw something delicate / fall apart...Read More  »