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Child of today
do you know?
Cancer left
unchecked
destroys
head & heart.

HAIKU POEM
ROSALIENE BACCHUS

The marchers march on, twenty miles a day
to Jefferson City, the latest Selma.
They trudge through the years, they know the way
from fifty years past, twenty more miles

to Jefferson City, the latest Selma.
Where will we be - who will we be
in fifty more years?  After twenty more miles,
child of today, what will you see?

Where will we be?  Who will we be?
Dreamers redeemed?  Roads without lives without sticks
without stones?
Or, child of today, is what you will see
the night chanting names on slicked over roads

trudging though years, knowing the way;
still dreaming and marching, twenty miles a day.


"Poems that Resist Police Brutality & Demand Racial Justice,"
Split This Rock, National network of socially engaged poets,
Washington DC, USA, January 23, 2015.

Pantoum for Ferguson: 20 Miles a Day
Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
CHILD OF TODAY

Poetry is what...I work at everyday: writing, rewriting,
practicing, learning. The poetry of others is a great source of pleasure
for me, as well as frustration, escape, revelation. This elusive art has
become an essential part of me, and for that, I am grateful.

[T]here are many roles [of the poet in society]: philosopher,
humanist, lover, intellectual, dreamer, storyteller, humorist, elegist,
satirist, rabble-rouser, prophet, scold and more - basically though to
express, to "document" the joys and agonies of life providing hope
in the solace that one is not alone.

[White American poets can make Black lives matter] by
writing about racism:
what you see, what you've experienced,
what solutions, partial solutions, you think possible, what you hope
for. Write in any form - poetry is fine but so are essays, stories,
letters, broadsides, chants, songs. Write about what you know and
what you know you don't understand. Expose your conflicts, fears,
and don't rail only against rightwingers but look at "liberals" too,
their programs and actions; write to stir controversy, to get people
to think, to talk, to act.
[D]o your duty as an American: march, sign petitions, protest, give
money, give time, talk to friends and family and strangers and, if
you're a citizen, vote.

~ ANGELA CONSOLO MANKIEWICZ in response to questions raised by
Rosaliene Bacchus, February 2015.
ABRAHAM, MARTIN
JOHN (& BOBBY)
MOMS MABLEY
1969
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Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie
Angela Consolo
Mankiewicz was born
and raised in Brooklyn,
New York, and currently
lives with her husband
in Los Angeles,
Southern California.

Angela's poetry has
appeared in over 100
literary journals and
magazines. Her
chapbooks include
As
If
, An Eye, Wired, and
Cancer Poems.

Recognitions include
Amelia 1st Prize
Broadside; Trellis
Grand Prize Sestina;
Jerseyworks 2nd prize
Annual Poetry
Competition; and two
Pushcart nominations.
WHEN THE
PAIN STOPPED
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SEPTEMBER 2013
The modern
pantoum is a
poem of any
length, composed
of four-line stanzas
in which the second
and fourth lines of
each stanza serve
as the first and
third lines of the
next stanza. The
last line of a
pantoum is often
the same as the
first.

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POETIC FORM
PANTOUM
RACISM POEM BY
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