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Truthdig will publish poems that offer insight into current events and sociopolitical themes relevant to today’s world. From entries across the nation, Truthdig staff will select poems based on both their artistic qualities as well as the social issues they discuss. To read our guidelines and submit a poem for our consideration, click here.

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A Poem on Generations Witnessing Cycles of Death and Destruction (Audio)


Tamiko Beyer’s poem serves as a painful reminder of how “horde white-hot power” causes “rage that liquefies/ our hearts, whole communities.”

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Poet Asks, ‘Does Everything Depend Upon the Price of Oil?’ (Audio)


In face of a new administration that may deny climate change, Carolyne Wright reminds us about the blood and tears shed over petroleum for so many years.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: What to Expect and Do if Stung by an Arizona Bark Scorpion


The 12th poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” warns those crossing the U.S.-Mexico border that though a sting by an Arizona bark scorpion is, for the most part, not lethal, it requires medical attention.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: If a Western Diamondback Bites You, ‘Borders Be Damned’


The 11th poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” urges those crossing the border to phone for help immediately in life-and-death situations.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: If Tarantulas ‘Cross Your Path’ in the Desert, Live and Let Live


The 10th poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” debunks certain myths about the hairy arachnids, while explaining what will certainly occur to those who taunt the tarantula.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Beware of ‘Assassin Bees’


The ninth poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” explains that Africanized bees, even when unprovoked, will attack humans.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: How to Wait Out the ‘Temper Tantrum’ of a Sandstorm


The eighth poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” provides crucial tips the desert traveler can use as the sand turns to “sandpaper” and the heat suffocates during a journey across the Mexico-U.S. border.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Cottonwoods and Animal Tracks Will Lead to Water in the Desert


The seventh poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” explains how clusters of cottonwood trees indicate a nearby spring, a crucial tip to surviving the desert border crossing between Mexico and the United States.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: In Life-or-Death Matters, Taste Is Relative, Testing Is Crucial


The sixth poem in “The Desert Survival Series / La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” tells us that while taste—like poetry—may seem irrelevant as one risks one’s life crossing the U.S.- Mexico border, it can be a means of survival.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Desert Fruits ‘Dethorned, Dethroned,’ Can Be ‘Delectably Edible’


The fifth poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” tells readers they can survive up to three weeks without eating in the desert, but that certain fruits can safely fill one’s belly during the dangerous journey across the U.S.- Mexico border.

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