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Reading of “Cold” and “When Genocide Turns to War” from the book Mules Fight Back

protest song tribute to the peace poets (not in the book, written by The Peace Poets) and two readings from the book Mules Fight Back written by Kristin Richardson Jordan

first poem is titled “Cold” (page 78) reading by Jordan Delise Fleming

second poem is titled “When Genocide Turns to War” (page 85) reading by Justice Hampton

you can find out more about the book Mules Fight Back on Kristin’s blog here:…/

Amazon link here:

text of the poem “Cold”
text of the poem “When Genocide Turns to War”…/when-genocide-turns-to…

Mules Fight Back by Kristin Richardson Jordan is a poetic response to the famous Zora Neale Hurston reference that the Black Woman is the “mule of the world”. Raising questions like, “What happens after breathing becomes a privilege?” and making statements like, “America is the abusive mother I never should have had” this collection of poems and stories depicts Kristin’s own personal and political journeys (which are still in progress) and covers a variety of important topics including but not limited to the activism of occupy and black lives matter movements, sexuality, family heritage, nationality, body image, history and current events all through the lens of Black womanhood.

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I am an activist, author, and teaching artist passionate about anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-imperialist education. I started Pens Up Press because I love to read and write and because I believe in the power of our people to liberate ourselves and each other through learning and grassroots activism. In conjunction with Pens Up Press, I manage the Uproar Poetry Group facilitating free creative writing workshops and supporting free open mic events. I live in Harlem with my dear friend Marcus Potts, my fiancee Xi'an Glynn, and my black cat Squeaky.

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