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150 Kansas Poems · 17h ago

Burnout – by Jeff Worley

  was what the game was called, the game of catch Dad and I played. You stand 50 feet away at first and throw the ball hard as you can to your partner, your opponent. It’s a dialectic of qui...
150 Kansas Poems · 3d ago

Mohammed Reads Poetry – by Diane Wahto

  At the peace poetry reading, we gather in the crowded coffee house, poets who have written poems of peace. We recite our pieces to applause, nod and take a seat. Mohammed, there with his d...
150 Kansas Poems · 6d ago

The Undocumented – by Thomas Locicero

Guthrie addressed the “deportees” by name; The undocumented are far less blessed. In shadow and light, they hide, Pride and Shame, As dead, without lament, headstone, or rest. They’ve not ra...
150 Kansas Poems · 1W ago

O Beautiful – by Robert L. Dean

Aleppo A man begs us not to step over his family. He wears rags and tears and dust. Behind him a pile of rubble. Perhaps he once lived here. Perhaps also the legs and arms and heads before w...
150 Kansas Poems · 2W ago

Hobo Code — by Debbie Theiss

I see him walk between railroad tracks, black braids sway back and forth, beads interwoven, long fringed vest jangles, entwined stones collide.   A dog, black and sleek nudges his leg at rea...
150 Kansas Poems · 3W ago

More Ways — by Rhiannon Ross

There are more ways to terrorize than stack bricks on the border higher than Denali. More sinister ways to banish. Darth Vader lurks on the screen and with a flourish of a golden pen rewrite...
150 Kansas Poems · 1M ago

Flint Hills, Kansas — by Jemshed Khan

Snowmelt scours the Rockies until the creeks flash. Gravel and sand wash into Beaver Creek and the Solomon River. Cows are calving as water sweeps the land. The jet stream drops from the nor...
150 Kansas Poems · 1M ago

Report to William Stafford — By Izzy Wasserstein

…tell me if I am right. — “Report to Crazy Horse” You lived long, and carefully. You knew the prairie wind, how it can call all through long January nights, how sometimes settlers would list...
150 Kansas Poems · 1M ago

At the Kevin Young Reading — By Kevin Rabas

I’m so choked up at the Kevin Young reading that I will my copy of To Repel Ghosts to my student, Ralvell. I write a note, say, “Take this book, and ask Young to sign it, keep these words in...
150 Kansas Poems · 1M ago

Hillary Clinton Becomes First Female Presidential Nominee — By Melissa Fite Johnson

So many white, so many men, tape their mouths in protest at the DNC. They black out signs. Their eyes shine. They boo the black congressman, the Hispanic congresswoman. They chant. They walk...