“Dreaming in Mariupol” imagines the dream of a Ukrainian trapped in the rubble of the city.
“Taking a Knee, Taking a Stand” was written in response to the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed.
“Mr. Bone Saw” was written regarding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“Why We Didn’t” was prompted by the #MeToo movement, the Bill Cosby conviction and the Kavanaugh controversy.
“I Can’t Even Talk About It” expresses the world’s anguish about Assad’s brutal use of chemical warfare in Syria.
“New Day” considers the global zeitgeist on the morning that 2016 ends and 2017 begins, and how we might feel hopeful.
“Dust on the Tongue” begs the question, When Will We Stop the Tragedy of Aleppo?
“The Drop of Honey” offers an allegory for what has preceded the angry divisions between American citizens.
“Pulse, 2016” honors those slain in Orlando in a mass shooting.
“Visitations after Baghdad” considers a poet’s role in reponding to the violence in Iraq after the recent ISIS attack on Sadr City.