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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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‘Each Breath Despite the Air’: A Poet’s View of Gaza From America


Kenji Liu’s poem about the 2014 conflict in Gaza is especially poignant to listen to as news of the Palestinian Authority joining the International Criminal Court spreads.

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‘Shock Wave’: A Compelling Poem About the Boston Marathon Bombings


Leslie McGrath’s poem gives us an intimate look into a person’s mind in the immediate aftermath of the April 15, 2013, tragedy.

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‘Kia’: A Poem That Reflects a Group’s Struggle for Better Working Conditions


Paul Hlava describes series “Negotiations” as a collage of “language, metaphors and quotes, from managers, workers and management flyers” that were used during a vote to form a collective bargaining unit.

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‘Cycle’: A Poem to Remind Us of Lives Lost Before the #BlackLivesMatter Movement


Before Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, before Eric Garner was choked to death in New York and before the #BlackLivesMatter movement had even begun, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and countless other unarmed black men had been slain by police.

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That Bird Has My Wings: An Acrostic Pantoum About Death Row Prisoner Jarvis Jay Masters


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Carolyne Wright’s touching poem echoes the powerful words of Jarvis Jay Masters, an African-American on death row in a California prison.

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A Report to the City Commissioners: A Poem About Freedom and Privacy in the Surveillance Age


At a time when the surveillance state seems stronger than ever, award-winning poet David Wagoner reminds us that sometimes even the most regimented pursuits may lead to a freedom that can only be found in unexpected places.

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