Archive | March, 2013

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 | The community cure for a violent culture

Chris Henrikson is the founder of Street Poets, Inc., a non-profit poetry-based violence intervention program for high-risk youth in the juvenile detention camps, continuation schools and streets of Los Angeles County. Henrikson also calls it “a poetry-based peace-making organization,” which uses the creative process as a vehicle for individual and community transformation. I first learned of Street Poets at a Malidoma Somé ancestor ceremony in Ojai, California, which two young […]

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Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle | ‘Het’

Had a dream the other night in which the whole world was gay and I was still not, which was unnerving, to say the least. I mean, it was a great dream in a lot of ways, because there were no more wars and there were lots of happy barbers, although it was also a scary dream, what with all the Elton John music and arugula. But the really weird […]

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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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