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Poems of the Pandemic

They have closed the schools for three weeks.
The children who are resilient go to their houses
(if they have them) to annoy their parents (if
they have them) because no one has explained that
it is okay for the world to change, that

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An Anniversary and a Prayer

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On Sunday, October 20, Unbound celebrated it’s 2nd birthday. We’ve come a long way in these last two years and want to thank all of you who have contributed to the work of Unbound as authors, subscribers, readers, and relentless promoters of the social witness and ministry that we seek

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Mark Koenig

Courage: A Poem for Nonviolent Witness

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Inspired, on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, by the Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals who worked nonviolently to protect the village and olive trees of Budrus, and by all who use nonviolence to witness for justice, wholeness, and peace. By the Rev. W. Mark Koenig, Director of the

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“Fragile Eloquence” & Other Poems

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Poet John Jackson shares five creation poems as part of the Nov 2012–Jan 2013 issue “Hope for Eco-Activists: Discovering an Environmental Faith“. By John H. Jackson BONE TIRED Nature Bone tired weary From our Industrial assaults Ravenous greed The trees Have migraines Ocala 1993 WONDERING But now I am wondering

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Abbi Heimach

My Invisible Backpack (Spoken Word Video)

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A poem, born in post-apartheid South Africa, revived for the global Joining Hands Initiative; a spoken word reflection about white and Global North privilege, driven by Peggy McIntosh’s invisible knapsack metaphor. By Abbi Heimach   Sometimes it takes a journey, a journey that shakes-up your worldview so much that there

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kathryn krastin

Late At Night… Dear House

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A poem in response to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) re-authorization debate in Congress. Eighteen years ago, this week, VAWA was signed into law. In April 2012, the Senate approved a version of VAWA that extends services and protections to battered undocumented immigrants and to gay, lesbian, and transgender

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Hip-Hop: Rhyming & Reasoning Justice

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There Is a Reason to the Rhyme Toward the end of 2011, a new blog hit the web. Its name: Rhymes and Reasons. Its purpose: to provide a series of interviews with hip-hop heads who discuss their lives in the context of the songs that matter to them. Its creators: Edward

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Amina Norman-Hawkins

Are You Down for the Cause or Because?

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Appreciating Hip-Hop’s Justice Roots By Edward Vogel, co-creator of “Rhymes and Reasons”   Hip-hop has become one of the biggest cultural phenomena of the last thirty years but it is often misunderstood, especially by people committed to social justice. How can an artform that is often misogynistic, homophobic, and materialistic

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Explicit Content: It’s the Form That Counts

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Debating So-Called “Conscious Hip-Hop” By Eric Roberts, co-creator of “Rhymes and Reasons”   Hip-hop’s detractors, even casual listeners, forget that rapping is an artform, with formal considerations like any other. In the battle for airtime, so-called “conscious hip-hop” cannot use the virtue of its content as an excuse to neglect

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All about US

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A Poem September 13, 2011 by Ariana Salazar-Newton   The truth is it’s all about US— Our country and the white men on the American bucks. To them it is unintelligible that the borders crossed us; Still we’re the unwelcome guests, stray mutts. I think they can’t stand to look

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