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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Random Poem

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Dear Mandelstam

by David Chorlton

I can’t shake this image
of you walking lost
in your own time

while your country becomes a machine.
A knock on the door

at midnight means
you’ve been found out. It’s all
railway trains and fog
from here on, clickety-clack

and a finger
writing on the window frost.
The lines got away from you

but it’s too late
to call them back. Little good
would come from an apology
at this offended hour

with winter setting in
and you still placing value

on the truth. There you go,
unsteady on your feet,
mouthing words into the snow
that falls around you

the way lies are falling
on us. It’s difficult now
to tell exile
from home.

—previously published in Voices on the Wind