In the beginning weeks of the Spanish Civil War, Federico García Lorca, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, was murdered by fascist soldiers.
In a time when demagogues try to convince us that America needs to be "great again," Hughes reminds us of the dream of what America could be.
Piercy has written 17 novels, including bestsellers, and 19 volumes of poetry.
This poem/prayer was originally published in People's Weekly World in March 2006.
Although of mixed heritage, he identified as African American, and his poems impacted the Black Power movement as a cultural inspiration.
Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature "for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams."
Carlos Sampayan Bulosan (1913-1956) was a class-conscious English-language Filipino novelist and poet.
Since the 1970s Sanchez has published a steady stream of poetry books and plays.
This poem is a response to the refugee/migrant crisis now engulfing Europe.
"If iron stands in our way, we ask for a sheet of Cuban tears to cover our guerrillas bones on the journey to American history . . . "