Politics

Kiev or Kyiv?

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say it in Russian
or in true Ukrainian
the stark fact remains

on the scary brink
of catastrophic bloodshed
we wait for Putin

his fragile ego
breeds ambition to rebuild… Read more

I DON’T SPEAK UKRANIAN

I don’t speak Ukrainian,
no way to read their funnies;
Danila the Demonslayer
or the Red Fury. I can’t read
the letters you sent, Zayda,
in Ukrainian and Yiddish. I’m … Read more

ARE YOU COVERED?

A girl in a crimson sweater crossed
my path on my way to the beach.
I offer this girl’s sweater to you.
When I look back at my day only… Read more

Lived Experience

I know what it’s like
to grow up a straight white male
in an intact home

but I do not know
the lived experience of
women, Blacks, gay men,

abuse … Read more

Physiognomy

Public Delivery: Converted grayscale

I’m the one with words on my face,
calligraphied by the steadiest hand. I cover-up
those dumb parts that cannot speak, choose not to,
instead live … Read more

Persuasion in North Korea

Image by The Diplomat 10/1/2021 Deposit Photos

Each of your flowers pops,
the art of
agitation, a subtle
dark alley
assignment, a
headache, just
business, a
paycheck
walls scaled to … Read more

DOPPLEGANGERS

I am Elizabeth. I live in North Carolina.
Ella es Isabel. Vive en Guatemala.

I live in a quiet neighborhood.
Isabel vive en un barrio notaria.

I enjoy my comfortable … Read more

For the Grands

To Timothy Snyder


In a few years before you cast your first ballot
for your candidate, whose rival has charmed
his way through the primaries by wrapping
himself in the … Read more

9/11 End Game

19 of the 22 9/11 attackers
were from Saudi Arabia. So why
did we attack the Afghans?
The Afghans have not lost
a home game in over 2000 years.
The … Read more

Fall of Kabul

640 bodies with only room for 150
Bodies crushed together, waiting, hoping, fearing.
Desperate
Bodies trampled in a stampede
Bodies punctured by gunshots
Bodies falling from the sky
Evacuated schools. … Read more

Goodbye Disney World

I won’t be visiting Florida soon,
not even taking my kids to Disney World
Too conservative for my tastes
A governor who breaks hospital records
for the most covid positivity … Read more

The Real Olympic Heroes

Awaiting the torch, the flame
that ignites and invites
the world of sport to gather,
to meet and compete
in a spirit of revered competition,
respect, and acceptance.

Honorable countries … Read more

Russian Spat

London’s lost its manners
Crimean confrontation
The U.K. plays it down
Russia cranks it up

Britain
prepared to sail

Moscow
turbining water warplanes

shots fired
—a warning!

more exercises
calisthenics… Read more