Show Me How to Trace This

by Kara Knickerbocker

& if you had a map out of your body, where would it go?
What is the point of exit you’d choose to leave yourself?

I’d choose the wounds already claimed:
the fried egg-shaped scar burned above my left knee,

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Douglas Ridloff at Play: The Poet Brings ASL Slam to the World

“Over time, I realized as I found my native language of expression, it led to poetry … and once I had that freedom in sign language, it led to so much more.” — Douglas Ridloff

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A Bellwether Banning: The Journey of Toni Morrison’s Beloved to the Banned Books List

With the ongoing struggles to prevent American history from being whitewashed in classrooms, which we’ve recently seen in Trump’s attack on the 1619 Project, we can’t ignore the removal of Beloved from high school curriculums. It’s journey, it seems, is likely not yet over. 

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We Asked. You Answered: Our Banned Books Survey

But what does “inappropriate” mean? Too inappropriate for your current age? Inappropriate because of ideals you don’t hold? Suggestive of alternative lifestyles? Yes — to all of the above.

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Flowers for the Wretched

Lady Liberty
your huddled masses have arrived
and we can’t breathe.
Lady Liberty
You need glasses

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Douglas Ridloff at Play: The Poet Brings ASL Slam to the World
by  / November 11, 2020
"Over time, I realized as I found my native language of expression, it led to poetry ... and once I had that freedom in sign language, it led to so much more." — Douglas Ridloff Read more...
Flowers for the Wretched
by  / June 11, 2020
Lady Liberty your huddled masses have arrived and we can’t breathe. Lady Liberty You need glasses Read more...

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    by Kara Knickerbocker

    & if you had a map out of your body, where would it go?
    What is the point of exit you’d choose to leave yourself?

    I’d choose the wounds already claimed:
    the fried egg-shaped scar burned above my left knee,

    Read more...

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