Thanks to Jamie Deeds for this issue in which I have the honour of having two poems included.
November 15, 2016
“later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
where does it hurt?
excerpt “what they did yesterday afternoon” by Warsan Shire
In our themed section this month our writers explore acts of kindness that are motivated by love (respect) as expressed to neighbors, to self and for the peoples of the world and the environment.
London-based Somali writer Warsan Shire’s poem above makes a powerful statement about the world today. Our writers define some of the issues, express their pain and encourage right action. They move from a hip-hop poem calling us to unity, collaboration and a sense of self-worth to an experimental expression of sadness and disillusionment in the aftermath of a mean-spirited presidential campaign and the inclusion of an impassioned piece asking us to stand against moral injustice and not use our cultural differences as an excuse to hate.
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