7. Mike Rosen – “When God Happens”
Rosen’s controlled storm of delivery makes every poem he performs not just powerful but a few minutes out of time. The following poem about 9/11 and the subsequent wars is particularly relevant as we approach the anniversary of that day:
On Race and Racism
8. Nicole Homer – “Things Only a Black Mother Can Prepare You For”
We often hear the message that we live in a post-racial society. This is absolute nonsense, a violent lie, and Nicole Homer explains it so very well here:
9. T. Miller – “Us – Black Women”
T. Miller’s poetry is not punchy but pounding, and this poem bangs on the door of comments made in recent years surrounding the Rihanna/Chris Brown assault case and how some in the media and on the street were all too willing to victim blame:
10. Franny Choi – “POP!goesKOREA!”
Franny Choi is a particular favorite of mine, her poetry often like spinning, shimmering plates that she brings to crash with deafening effect. This poem in particular speaks to our wider cultural practice of fashioning entertainment stars and treating them as disposable playthings:
11. Hieu Minh Nguyen – “Buffet Etiquette”
A poem of power about slowly being stripped of your heritage, your history and your voice under the pressure of assimilation:
12. Rachel Rostad – “To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang”
You may have seen this poem already as it made headlines earlier in the year, but this piece is as challenging as it is well performed and deserves to be repeated:
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