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Independence Day: Let America be America again

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.

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This week in women’s history: Poet-novelist-activist Marge Piercy turns 80

Piercy has written 17 novels, including bestsellers, and 19 volumes of poetry.

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American Grace

This poem/prayer was originally published in People's Weekly World in March 2006.

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Remembering poet, Spanish Civil War vet Ramon Durem

Although of mixed heritage, he identified as African American, and his poems impacted the Black Power movement as a cultural inspiration.

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Today in history: Chilean communist poet Pablo Neruda wins Nobel Prize

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."

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Hispanic Heritage Month: A Costa Rican poet honors Carlos Bulosan

Carlos Sampayan Bulosan (1913-1956) was a class-conscious English-language Filipino novelist and poet.

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Today in history: "BaddDDD" black poet Sonia Sanchez is born

Since the 1970s Sanchez has published a steady stream of poetry books and plays.

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Refugees

This poem is a response to the refugee/migrant crisis now engulfing Europe.

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Today in history: Fidel turns 89, poem by Che

"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 . . . "

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"15 and a Union, Someday," a villanelle

This poem is a villanelle, a form of poetry that traces its humble roots to the Italian countryside and peasants singing rounds during the harvest.

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