I’m happy to have had three new poems published this past week, two in The Guardian for an article curated by Amy King and Jane Spencer, and one in Rise Up Review, published by Sonia Greenfield.
The two in The Guardian, “I Lift My Lamp” and “Mother of Exile,” were written in response to Trump’s support of a “merit”-based immigration policy and Jim Acosta’s question regarding whether or not the plan violated the spirit of the Emma Lazarus poem “The New Colossus,” inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
The other poets of the New Colossus project are: Bob Hicok, Amy King, Rita Dove, Jane Hirshfield, Shane McCrae, Lynn Melnick, Stephanie (Stephen) Burt, Bhanu Kapil, Srikanth Reddy, John Yau, Patricia Smith, Craig Santos Perez, Cornelius Eady, Muriel Leung, Kaveh Akbar, Paul Guest, Matthew Zapruder, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Carmen Gimenez Smith, and Hanif Abdurraqib.
The Guardian also invites their readers to submit poems on the topic and will publish a selection of their favorite reader-submitted poems. You can read more about how to enter here.
The poem in Rise Up Review, “Bell” was written for the “#Writers Resist / Houston: ‘We Too Sing America’” reading sponsored by PEN America, Calypso Editions, and Librotraficante, and hosted by then Houston Poet Laureate Robin Davidson. I was happy to see it find a home on the net with Rise Up Review.