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This website publishes poetry that deals with social and political themes. Historically, some of our best poets have been courageous in using their writing gifts to counteract injustice and deal with issues of troubled times. Our democracy is being systematically dismantled without compassion to favor oligarchy, corruption, and oppression of the non-rich and non-white. This is the most inhumane White House in history.

We hope the poetic works herein expose the enemies of a liberal society. If you consider yourself both poet and progressive, please submit your work for publication on this website. If accepted, your poems may also be considered for our sister publication, Good Works Review, an annual print magazine. Please read the Guidelines before submitting.

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Sustaining


by Marie C. Lecrivain


It’s another night of naps instead of seamless sleep.
My cat’s anchored to the spot where I usually stretch 
into slumber. It’s not his fault I can’t escape into
REM sleep while the world is poised on 
the edge of a knife, ready to be sliced and diced 
in accordance with the haves, and have nots.

I worry and wonder where my last dollar 
will go.  I wish I could be less petty 
when I see someone doing better than me. 
I wish I could put my hand over the mouth 
of the bratty girl, who sulks within when things 
don’t go her way. My ancestors whisper, "Stop. 
Rise above this. Go your own way. Prosper.”
They never lived in a world long enough 
to believe all things were possible, 
and all things could be theirs. 

I’m ready to compromise at the mitochondrial level,
but the brat asserts herself, which allows me
to achieve an uneasy balance, and to take 
those careful steps on a path I can’t yet see.