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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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How Homeboy Industries Helps People Make Positive Choices and Rebuild Their Lives (Multimedia)


How do we create a community of mutual kinship, love and respect? That is the goal of a gang-prevention program in Los Angeles.

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‘Homeboy Creative’ Showcases Poetry by At-Risk Youths and Former Gang Members (Multimedia)


The nonprofit organization in Los Angeles provides hope for at-risk youths, former gang members and previously incarcerated men and women. Truthdig will be featuring writers from Homeboy Industries in a series called “Homeboy Creative.”

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AUDIO: ‘Rigour’: A Poem Digs Beneath ‘Third World’ Tropes in the Media


Khairani Barokka’s poignant poem highlights how Western reports of casualties in the developing world, even when the dead in question are children, are often recorded with indifference toward the human lives lost.

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AUDIO: ‘Asterisk: A Glyph’: A Forceful Poem About Why ‘Forsaken People … Turn Athletes Into Gods’


Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque’s first poet laureate, writes a series of questions about reactions to the tennis star Serena Williams that will echo in your mind for days on end.

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AUDIO: ‘Juggling Excess and Imbalance in a Time of Drones’: The Unequal Equations of Our Time


Amy Uyematsu’s poem, inspired by Juan Felipe Herrera’s “Fuzzy Equations,” is a powerful litany of expressions that get to the heart of our modern age.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE

The Best Truthdig Poetry of 2015


Here are the 10 poems that readers liked best from our very own original political poetry series, inaugurated this year.

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AUDIO: ‘What War Is Good For’: A Painful Indictment of What Has Now Become the American Way


Jay Sizemore’s poem ponders why the U.S. is involved in war after war, a question that becomes increasingly relevant as the country continues interfering in the Middle East.

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AUDIO: ‘Where There Is Rust’: A Timely Poem About Knowledge in an Age of Deceptive Discourse


“Let this inform you how/ to be informed” begin Peter Burzynski’s scathing couplets on critical thinking at a time when misinformation floods our daily lives.

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AUDIO: ‘Thin Ice’: A Poem About Motherhood in the Age of Climate Change


Penelope Moffet’s poem, based on a Los Angeles Times article that narrates the story of a polar bear who loses her infant cub as she swims hundreds of miles to reach the nearest ice floe in an ever-melting Arctic sea, beautifully illustrates the effects of the man-made destruction of the natural world.

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‘The Inheritance of Trauma’: A Poem Explores How Suffering Leaves a Mark on Future Generations


Based on a study that posits that the children of Holocaust survivors may inherit genes altered by their parents’ trauma, Megan Collins’ poem beautifully ponders how to live with the tragic fact that “blood remembers blood.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE

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