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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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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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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Eat or Drink From Cactuses Only if You’ll Otherwise Die of Thirst


The fourth poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” gives readers pointers on which cactuses to eat and how, warning that many can be harmful.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Learn Desert Secrets From Bedouins and Indigenous Travelers


The third poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” points readers toward ancient lessons for survival in the desert at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: ‘Climb or Walk in the Morning’ and Imitate the Sidewinder


The second poem in “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto” offers tips about the best times of day to undertake the most arduous parts of the journey across the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Transborder Immigrant Tool Series: Poetry Built for Survival on the U.S.- Mexico Border (Multimedia)


A series of 24 bilingual poems, titled “The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto,” forms part of the Transborder Immigrant Tool software, designed to augment low-cost cellphones to provide poetry and a simple navigation system for immigrants crossing the Mexico-U.S. border.

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Claudia Rankine: Because White Men Can’t Police Their Imaginations, Black Men Are Dying (Video)


In an NPR interview, the poet discusses race in America and reads a poem she wrote in the aftermath of the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, who were shot and killed by police officers.

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‘Big Stink, Necessary Evil’: A Poem That Will Change Your Perspective on the Atomic Bombings (Audio)


Jill McDonough’s poem on the planes that followed and photographed the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II is a harrowing depiction of the justifications that follow mass destruction.

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Remembering the Rev. Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit Priest and Peace Activist


He was a man of the cloth and a man of letters, but most of all, Berrigan was a man of peace. He was also, as it happened, the man whom Kurt Vonnegut went so far as to call “Jesus as a poet.”

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‘World Within World’: A Poem About a Haunting Image That Sums Up American Imperialism (Audio)


David Ray begins his powerful poem with a rumination on a photograph of an American airman hitting golf balls on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. The image was published in The New York Times in 2003.

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‘Homeboy Creative’ Series: How People Relate to Authority Is Never Simply Black or White


The topic of the day is authority figures: police, teachers, parents and correctional officers.

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