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The Hunger Games

POET: Imani Cezanne PIECE: The Hunger Games TOPICS DISCUSSED: Class Stratification Poverty SUMMARY: Imani paints a more real account of hunger games. At the intersection of race and class, she reexamines what it means to survive in poverty. Key Lines/Phrases [...]
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Dear Ursula

POET: Melissa May PIECE: Dear Ursula TOPICS DISCUSSED: Society and Culture SUMMARY: Yes - Ursula, from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Melissa May laments the slimming down of the villain and brings an endearing quality to her character. Key Lines/Phrases Key [...]
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Delighted

POET:Sonya Renee PIECE:Delighted TOPICS DISCUSSED: Health and Medicine SUMMARY:An employee at Ann Taylor, overwhelmed by bill collectors and lack of fulfillment in her retail job, battles to maintain her composure while helping a rich customer. However, upon learning of the [...]
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(Your God) To the man standing on the corner holding a sign that said God Hates Faggots

POET:Rudy Francisco PIECE: To the man standing on the corner holding a sign that said God Hates Faggots (Your God) TOPICS DISCUSSED: Religion SUMMARY: A homophobic sign serves as the catalyst for this poem. Rudy Francisco challenges people who use [...]
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What Teachers Make

POET: Taylor Mali PIECE: What Teachers Make TOPICS DISCUSSED: Education SUMMARY: An elementary school teacher reminds others EXACTLY what he does for a living. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor
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Unsolicited Advice to Skinny Girls with Bitten Nails and Awkward Glances, after Jeanann Verlee

POET: Tonya Ingram PIECE: Unsolicited Advice to Skinny Girls with Bitten Nails and Awkward Glances, after Jeanann Verlee TOPICS DISCUSSED: Groups, Organization, and Interaction SUMMARY: A survival guide written from experience. The intensity of Ingram’s delivery weaves a gripping story [...]
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Spoons

POET: Caroline Harvey PIECE: Spoons TOPICS DISCUSSED: Deviance and Social Control SUMMARY: A glimpse into a tragic moment, as recalled by a recovering drug addict. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “I would slip into sobriety, try to eat, but the spoon's [...]
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Education

POET: Joe Limer PIECE: Education TOPICS DISCUSSED: Education SUMMARY: Political Science professor challenges the business model employed in higher education. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “We’ve become a fast-food conveyor belt of wikipedia knowledge, meaning we write papers but we say [...]
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Mrs. Dahmer

POET: Sierra DeMulder PIECE: Mrs. Dahmer TOPICS DISCUSSED: Deviance and Social Control SUMMARY: The mother of the infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, reflects on her son’s deviant behavior. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion “Even after I heard what they found in [...]
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The Newer Colossus

POET: Karen Finnyfrock PIECE: Newer Colossus TOPICS DISCUSSED: Population, Urbanization, and Environment SUMMARY: Karen Finneyfrock’s reworks the sonnet “The New Coloussus” through a critical gaze of United States immigration as told by the statue of liberty. Key Lines/Phrases Key Line/PhraseDiscussion [...]
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