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Clarion Reminder

By | 2017-08-09T13:35:06+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Categories: Issue 35: 10 Aug 2017|Tags: , |

By Laura Grace Weldon The powerful provoke the powerless to push against one another. Their power grows by keeping us in all kinds of prisons. Yet we are not powerless. Remember the black bear roaming Clarion County, Pennsylvania, its head trapped a month or more in a metal-ringed pail. Remember those who chased it for hours, [...]

White Privilege

By | 2017-08-09T13:47:45+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Categories: Issue 35: 10 Aug 2017|Tags: , |

By Keith Welch   the U.S. Caucasian has a marvelous power invisible, noticed only by its absence subtle in action: the lack of a shadow following you through a 7-11 or utterly, terribly clear: the lack of 19 bullet holes piercing your body on the news, you may notice your senior photo instead of a mug [...]

Hail and Farewell to Editors of Poetry

By | 2017-08-10T07:29:27+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Categories: Issue 35: 10 Aug 2017|Tags: , |

Writers Resist is delighted to welcome our new poetry editor, Ruth Nolan, MFA, University of California Riverside. Already a contributing writer, Ruth brings to the journal a deep understanding of the power of the written word. Ruth said of poetry’s role in the resistance, “Poetry is at heart a political entity, one that is both personal [...]

Oral History of the New Colossus

By | 2017-08-01T16:56:45+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Issue 34: 03 Aug 2017|Tags: , |

By Lea Grover I come from a people of wandering, of desert paths swept clean of footprints by thousand year gusts of wind, of vanishing, of villages abandoned as not only my great-grandmothers but I carried what mattered across oceans and borders and the ticking of latitude and longitude beneath tired feet, soles hardened by lifetimes [...]

On a Theme by Leonard Cohen

By | 2017-08-03T07:52:51+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Issue 34: 03 Aug 2017|Tags: , |

By Mark J. Mitchell   I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons.             —"First We Take Manhattan" I’m battered by the blindness of our weapons. Boys stare at screens and tickle switches. Death drops from the sky onto archaic altars. Isaac screams. Ishmael burns. Rachel weeps for her children. From the empty office, ritual words: [...]

Land of the Free

By | 2017-07-10T16:38:05+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Categories: Issue 33: 13 July 2017|Tags: , |

By Sahar Fathi   You say we are all equal Give us your tired your poor your huddled freaking masses! But not if they are Muslim brown persecuted by governments (we installed) drug wars (we created) I say give them to me I will pull the stars from the sky to light their way o'er the [...]

No rules to follow, no laws to break—we woke!

By | 2017-07-10T16:38:44+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Categories: Issue 33: 13 July 2017|Tags: , |

By Zigi Lowenberg   ’scuse me ’scuse me, don’t know the rules here but I butt in across the room, I know we were once from the same tribe ancient threads pulling me towards you float along the oceans that fool the eye with their expanse we are salt we are sand we are water no [...]

A Roof Over Their Heads

By | 2017-07-10T16:36:43+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Categories: Issue 33: 13 July 2017|Tags: , |

By Brian Dunlap                           I Jorge has reached Mar Vista Park. The bells attached to his icebox on wheels announce the popsicles and ice cream sandwiches, enticing on a warm Los Angeles summer day. Older siblings and parents chase children whose giggles and squeals permeate the jungle gym. Footprints upon footprints imprinted in the sand. [...]

Market Value

By | 2017-07-05T19:03:35+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Categories: Issue 32: 06 July 2017|Tags: , |

By Yun Wei Monday markets egg-dropped in the summer camp race, and somewhere a global circuit grid slowed, blinked, shorted. Where did the treasure go? I know I could never read this map. Now at my desk on a Monday night, drinking from a sweating glass, I think of summer camps, of gathering scrapes and grass [...]

Waste, Land

By | 2017-07-05T19:42:31+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Categories: Issue 32: 06 July 2017|Tags: , |

By Elizabeth Carmichael Now is the time we find out what we’re made of. We have felt oil in the air for months but imagined once the weather turned we could wash it out— and so we learn what stains. Now locked out of the lab we must experiment on our own conclusions: follow orders, pull [...]

Levels of Knowing and Existence

By | 2017-06-27T15:08:09+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Issue 31: 29 June 2017|Tags: , , |

By Martin H. Levinson Truth is a liar Trump says, a smokescreen invented by gay, black environmentalists who sneak spics across the border when the border patrol has its back turned because they are busy at work keeping Muslims out of the country and pledging allegiance to the flag of the Divided States of America, and [...]