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Posts published by “Sandra Yannone”

Early morning in the garden of poetry and hope

Last issue I had intended to publish an essay about the power of protest poetry, particularly highlighting the work in the 2016 anthology Of Poetry and Protest: from Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, edited by Philip Cushway and Michael Warr, against the backdrop of more unjust verdicts, more tragic shootings,…

A chorus of breaths: on poetry, grief, and grace

For the better part of a year, I’ve been sharing essays and poems about poetry’s prismatic capacities to cast light on how humans live in a dominant culture depleted of deep meaning. I’ve shared how poetry connects us in time and space to historic events like the Pulse nightclub shootings,…

Taking a poetic stand in Washington, D.C.

On the tenth of February I found myself in a more improbable place than I had imagined even just a few days before I travelled to the other Washington.  I stood in front of the wrought iron gates of the White House with a dear friend, the mother of an…

Just the New Year

When the new year arrives wrapped in snow, she thinks nothing of the phone call or my voice or how it will change when I’m pressed up against her back, my tongue knocking at her ear. She is not thinking of the alphabet’s wonders, the shy way I stack letters…

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