First 100 Days: Protest Poem in Two Acts

//First 100 Days: Protest Poem in Two Acts

First 100 Days: Protest Poem in Two Acts

By Zigi Lowenberg



saturday, january 21, 2017

she’s got the whole world…
holding Mom’s hand, their fists raised in West Palm breeze
while her stepdaughter and grandsons march in Hawai’i
her cousins throng Fifth Avenue
as her Oakland tribe rings Lake Merritt.

only later she learns,
another big lie floats, his number bloats
for Langley his facts are phooey
he signals, he gloats.


street alchemy

making poems with her hopeful feet
gutter balls of fire, the heat—the heat
burning railing throats, running sore
we’re chanting sparks that bite and fuel
crowdsourcing for that asphalt elixir “Justice!”
surely it must come
on our hot sweaty insistent heels
of THIS. 


 Zigi Lowenberg, performance poet and co-leader of the jazzpoetry ensemble UpSurge!, has appeared at music festivals, rallies, clubs, bookstores and universities from NYC to New Orleans to San Francisco. Zigi’s acting credits include The Lysistrata Project, the Stein-Toklas Project, and John Browns Truth, Zigi is a member of the National Writers Union, and Radical Poets Collective. Her poetry has appeared in the poetry journal rabbit and rose. Her essay, “Support the Edge!” will be published in a book Creative Lives (spring 2017). Zigi and her husband, Raymond Nat Turner, are executive producers on UpSurge!’s two independent CD recordings, which have garnered critical acclaim. They live in Harlem and Oakland.

Photo credit: Dennis Hill via a Creative Commons license.

By | 2017-05-01T14:40:22+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: Issue 23: 04 May 2017|Tags: , , |6 Comments


  1. Alison Luterman 2017-05-07 at 11:41 am

    Beautiful poem, Zigi! The words bite and scorch and sing!❤️Alison Luterman

  2. Batia 2017-05-07 at 1:28 pm

    Powerful, lyrical, & hopeful! Batia L.

  3. susanbschneider 2017-05-07 at 6:24 pm

    So inspiring! Good work, Zigi. S

  4. Zigi 2017-05-10 at 4:39 pm

    thanks poet buddy! check Alison’s poetry and teaching at

  5. Zigi 2017-05-10 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks Batia, for getting that, trying for that combo. Folks loved your art show! fellow artists and art lovers check

  6. Zigi 2017-05-10 at 5:06 pm

    thanks Susan, we all keep each other inspired!
    Warm regards,
    -your lanceman

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