Poetry

  • Aron_Atabek
    RE-ZONA-NCE: by Kazakh poet Aron Atabek

    Aron Atabek is a prize-winning poet and political writer currently in jail in Kazakhstan. His works are highly critical of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan and his policies. Sampsonia Way is proud to present his poem, RE-ZONA-NCE.

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  • Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah
    Two Poems from Patricia Smith

    The poet, teacher and Cave Canem fellow Patricia Smith shares “What Garfield Park Kept Saying” and “An Open Letter to Joseph Peter Naras, Take 2″, two poems from her collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. Smith is a guest poet at City of Asylum’s 2012 Jazz Poetry concert.

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  • Bonita Lee Penn
    Two Poems by Bonita Lee Penn

    Sampsonia Way is delighted to share two poems by Bonita Lee Penn: “Utterances of an Essential Narrative” and “America the Beautiful.” She is author of two books of poetry: The B Side (2011) and The Visiting Room (2007).

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  • Lucas Hirsch
    Poetry: “No. 22″ by Lucas Hirsch

    Sampsonia Way is thrilled to share Lucas Hirsch’s previously unpublished poem “No. 22” from his upcoming book Dolhuis: Natura Naturata (Madhouse: Natura Naturata) to be published by De Arbeiderspers. Translation by Willem Groenewegen.

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  • Carmen Tafolla Reads
    Ocupando Mi Voz: A Poem by Carmen Tafolla

    Today we share Carmen Tafolla’s poem “Ocupando Mi Voz” (Using My Voice), a poem that celebrates the “power of words.” The first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio, Dr. Tafolla is currently writing a biography on civil rights organizer Emma Tenyuca..

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