No More Hallelujahs

by Mark Kodama photo credit: pixabay No More Hallelujahs is a beautiful and ruminative work of memory and emotion and of lost chances and hopes by poet Ann Christine Tabaka. It is her tenth book of poetry. Although at times melancholy, the twenty-one poems of the chapbook seem to me to be an honest and […]

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The End of Gabriel’s Tale

Read the beginning of Gabriel’s tale. Gabriel, the Civil Rights Lawyer’s Tale III. The Appeal “At Ed Johnson’s father’s behest,Two black lawyers took his requestParden knew they would be threatenedHis prosperous practice destroyed.But Parden was a Christian man,He prayed to his God for wisdom.Pardon agreed to bear the cross,It did not matter what the cost. […]

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Gabriel, The Civil Rights Lawyer’s Tale

by Mark Kodama Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from the Birmingham Jail The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists […]

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When I hated You

You made me hate youCurse your name and wish death upon the same You taught me things How to hate, manipulateBend and twist my foes. You taught me this Through delicate manipulationDesire and temptation With a twitch of your fingerYou twisted my soul, bent my willUntil you had the control. I was sound asleepWithin those […]

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I am From Train Tracks and Busy Streets

by Vivian I am from train tracks and busy streets. From motorcycles rides through the city and instant noodles,The tofu on the streets that caused a round stomach – a baby so pure and so innocent. I am from red velvet slippers and jumping rope in the courtyard.From the big, mean girls who never let […]

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Book Review: Scraps of Love

Scraps of Love, Shann Tajiah PJ Review Score: 3/5 3: 🙂 4: 😊 5: 😲  Overview Scraps of Love: Poetry From the Darkest Night 1992 – 2010, is a poetry collection written by Shann Tajiah and published in 2018 by Ithirial Rising Press. The collection is organized logically, starting with the table of contents, followed by […]

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My Soul Cries

…This was written with all victims of abuse in mind, in the hopes of bringing awareness to the life-long trauma that follows. You are not alone.  My soul criesin angst, my soul cries. From dusk ’til dawn,I weep and I mournthe loss of innocence  and virtuestolen and plundered by a heartless few. My soul criesin […]

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