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Fists on Fire: Poetry from the Heart of the Revolution

Poetry has always, worldwide and in all ages, given voice to the people's revolutionary strivings. The great upwelling of these voices in this moment--from written and spoken word to the hiphop lyric -- comes out of, expresses, and inspires our stuggle for a transformed world.

We welcome to this site poetry of resistence and social transformation, human and planetary liberation. Please send poems to poetry@peoplestribune.org.

Please check back regularly as we will be adding new poets and poetry to the page.

Without vision, the people perish.


Jack Hirschman Jack Hirschman

Jack Hirschman , now poet Laureate of San Francisco, has taken the free exchange of poetry and politics into the streets, where he is, in the words of poet Luke Breit,, "America's most important living poet." He uses his skills to help awaken the American people to homelessness as an expression of a system that can no longer take care of its people. He brings a vision of a new America and world. He has written more than 50 volumes of poetry and essays. His impassioned readings challenge audiences. He also speaks on various topics, including the artist's role in social transformation. He is available through Speakers for a New America. Jack Hirschman



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Sarah Menefee Sarah Menefee

Sarah Menefee has a new book of extraordinary poetry, Human Star. Her other books include I'm Not Thousandfurs and The Blood About the Heart. She has been a homeless and anti-hunger activist. She is available to speak through Speakers for a New America. Human Star book cover

Listen to Sarah speak with PTR correspondent, Jesú Estrada, about her work and ideas for a new society. (28:23) MP3

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Allison Adelle Hedge Coke Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke was named the Writer of the Year in Poetry in 2005 by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. She descends from moundbuilders and is of Cherokee, Huron, Creek, French Canadian, Lorraine, Portuguese, English, Scot and Irish ascendents. Her latest book, Blood Run, is dedicated to the mound builders of many nations. She is a professor as the Institute of American Indian Arts, authored and edited many works, including Dog Road Woman; edited From the Fields, an anthology of writing by migrant and rural children in California; Off-Season City Pipe; and Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer, a memoir. She performs readings, workshops and lectures and Youth-at-Risk education. She created an online mentorship project in literary arts for incarcerated youth in South Dakota.

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Cathleen Williams

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Luis J. Rodriguez

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Jason Wattle

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Patience Higgins

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Carla Badillo

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CeCe CuzaHoward

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Dee Allen

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Chrissy Moore

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