“Along a Ridge, Smoke” was prompted by this summer’s record heat and tragic wildfires in Western States.
Anne McCrady’s poem “No Sure Things” considers the heroic cave rescue of young boys in Thailand as a metaphor for the political state of affairs in the United States.
“Summit” was written in response to recent meetings between President Trump and international leaders.
“Father’s Day” was written in response to refugee families being separated along the U.S. southern border.
“December 31st, 11 PM” reflects on the waning holiday spirit and the coming New Year.
“Back Channel” considers the affinity between Presidents Trump and Putin.
“What Used to Be” is written in the voice of a Puerto Rican, isolated by Hurricane Maria.
“Street Fight” is a Texas poet’s reflection on Hurricane Harvey’s assault and flooding.
“Fire and Fury” responds to the dangerous rhetoric between the U.S. President and North Korea.
“Blurted” explores the impulse to make inappropriate comments in public, as President Trump has repeatedly done.