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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Lines Composed in Journal after Occupy Kalamazoo Protest

















Michigan marches.
Passersby multiply,
Children of the resolution.
Second class.
CORPORATE GREED KILLS.
I LOVE KALAMAZOO.
LET IT FALL
Uninstall the Wall.
THE PEOPLE: TOO BIG TO FAIL.
Wail. Rail.
Stand. Demand.
Mill. Fill.
Venerate. Demonstrate.
Accelerate.
Bob Dylan in the wind.
Poets here and now.
The revolution is live.
I am the 99%
In solidarity.
In American autumn.

© James Schwartz

Occupy Kalamazoo draws large, peaceful crowd in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street
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Poet and slam performer, James Schwartz strives for the simplicity of Cavafy mixed with modern gay wordplay. His book, The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America, was published by in Group Press in 2011.

Editor's note: Pictured above is the poet, James Schwartz taking part in the protest - the first time we've had a pic of the poet in the action... maybe this will start something!

4 comments:

  1. Wonderful poem - love 'children of the resolution' - it's all good (as they say) - hope something comes out of the movement.

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  2. I like the choppy style, makes you feel the sharpness, words on a poster you might see there. Cool

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