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Sonia Sanchez: “This is Not a Small Voice”

By Rebecca Foust
Poetry Sunday’s first feature this month, “Paul Robeson” by Gwendolyn Brooks, celebrated a political voice that was both “adult” and “large,” and today’s poem about the collective voice of Black Americans speaks out powerfully in both registers.
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Poetry

Gwendolyn Brooks: “Paul Robeson”

By Rebecca Foust
Gwendolyn Brooks understood the power of one raised voice to fight oppression and to speak truth to power—and as a Black woman in America, she had a huge stake in the notion that “We are each other’s harvest.”
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Poetry

“Life Line” by Ann Townsend

By Rebecca Foust
In these divided times I am grateful for poems like this to remind us of good things we may have taken for granted before—like just “getting” to sit in an uncomfortable folding chair in a school auditorium—and of the experiences many of us have in common.
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“Jackhammering Limestone” by Erika Meitner

By Susan Cohen
The things that matter to the poet—her own body, her children, a country on the brink of the Trump administration, and the injured planet—all appear to be under siege, just like her eardrums. The poem smacks of catastrophe far beyond the speaker’s self-described “mid-life crisis.”
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