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David Sanchez | If You Knew Me

If you knew me you would know My father was a heroin addict until liquor took its place He used to come home late and diss me in my face My mother worked long-hours to support his habit Until one day she had it and booted him out My role model was gone and all I knew was his route I started smoking and drinking Shot my first gun without […]

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Bashir Richard | Where I’ve Been

I’ve been around the corner Throwing rocks on the freeway Staying on punishment even on a free day   I’ve been in the back of trap houses Surrounded by artillery My generation’s thirst for drugs Put an ice cold chill in me   I’ve been in the principal’s office Still cussin’ at the secretary Interventions in the camera room With security looking scary   I’ve been hanging out the window […]

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Darlene Chavarria | Mother Earth

Home is The lining of Gaia’s uterus Nutrients connecting rivers of star fire Moonlit streets cast shadows I exist This is my home Where I plant my intentions They grow From seeds sewn Stitching my wrists With purpose With life and sharpened sight From visions opaque Shivs and shanks To leave this place Rain from the clouds Thunders down I don’t need sunshine I am the earth’s immune system A healthy […]

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Chris Henrikson | From the Fire

My ancestors came to me Between the seams of sweat lodge dreams With a request for healing Hearts muffled & torn by dead silence born From horrors too big to face Seeking grace on sacred ground Paved with false promises   My ancestors came to me To claim responsibility For the rape and enslavement of millions Of one, your son Who was once elder, chief, healer Of a tribe that […]

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