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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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Open


by David Chorlton


And what is empty turns its face to us
 and whispers:
"I am not empty, I am open.”
Tomas Transtr ömer

Border light seeks a way
back to the sun
after passing through the skin
shed by a snake
and no barrier can change
its direction.

When summer turns black with rain
water runs free across the land
and seeks a canyon to fill
before the heat returns
as an Apache scout to reclaim
lost territory.

No use building
partway to the sky: the Red-tailed hawk
knows the way there
and ravens caw to mock
two thousand miles of shadow
standing on edge

while the jaguar is hungry
for two countries
and the wind is a refugee.


—previously published in Front Window