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June 1, 2020

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When we accepted this month’s poem, “Choke” by Katherine Fallon, over a year ago, we appreciated–and still do–its vivid dramatization of the harm of the unsaid, and we love the art that Millian Giang Pham made in response. While the poem is not directly about racism, we feel its themes resonate with the damage and danger of silence about racism and police violence that we’re currently seeing. We are delaying the publication of this broadside until June 15.

We hope that, in the next two weeks, you help us elevate the voices published in our “Inside Voices: Collaborations Across Incarceration” folio of broadsides .  These powerful collaborations were made in partnership with artist-teachers in prisons in Florida and Washington State.  We are glad to find a way to move them into the world.

the four "inside voices" broadsides.

We also want to shine a spotlight on “fall poem,” by Danez Smith and Sam Vernon, which we published in 2016 and, sadly, feels just as relevant today.