EP: The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world, when day comes we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast. We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace. In the norms and…

EP: In Memoriam: Martin Luther King Jr., By June Jordan

I honey people murder mercy U.S.A.the milkland turn to monsters teachto kill to violate pull down destroythe weakly freedom growing fruitfrom being born America tomorrow yesterday rip rapeexacerbate despoil disfigurecrazy running threat thedeadly thrallappall belief dispelthe wildlife burn the breastthe onward tonguethe outward handdeform the normal rainyriot sunshine shelter wreckof darkness derogatedelimit blankexplode depriveassassinate and…

EP: On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady By Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

(Español)Mueran contigo, prima, pues moriste,los afectos que en vano te desean,los ojos a quien privas de que veanhermosa luz que a un tiempo concediste. Muera mi lira infausta en que influisteecos, que lamentables te vocean,y hasta estos rasgos mal formados seanlágrimas negras de mi pluma triste. Muévase a compasión la misma muerteque, precisa, no pudo…

EP: No Good Bones by Maggie Smith

Life is short, though I keep this from my children.Life is short, and I’ve shortened minein a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,a thousand deliciously ill-advised waysI’ll keep from my children. The world is at leastfifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservativeestimate, though I keep this from my children.For every bird there is a stone thrown at…

EP: A Small Needful Fact By Ross Gay

Is that Eric Garner workedfor some time for the Parks and Rec.Horticultural Department, which means,perhaps, that with his very large hands,perhaps, in all likelihood,he put gently into the earthsome plants which, most likely,some of them, in all likelihood,continue to grow, continueto do what such plants do, like houseand feed small and necessary creatures,like being pleasant…

EP: Rubia (Blonde) by Andres Bello

¿Sabes, rubia, qué gracia solicitocuando de ofrendas cubro los altares?No ricos muebles, no soberbios lares,ni una mesa que adule al apetito. De Aragua a las orillas un distritoque me tribute fáciles manjares,do vecino a mis rústicos hogaresentre peñascos corra un arroyito. Para acogerme en el calor estivo,que tenga una arboleda también quiero,do crezca junto al…

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EP: Because I Will Be Silenced by Ha Jin

Once I have the freedom to saymy tongue will lose its power.Since my poems strive to break the wallsthat cut off people’s voices,they become drills and hammers. But I will be silenced.The starred tie around my neckat any moment can tighten into a cobra. How can I speak about coffee and flowers?