All posts tagged: activist

Land of the Free Hypocrisy

What happens when red and white stripes They feel like cold steel prison bars Excerpt of July 4th/American Dream by Kristin Richardson Jordan America is the abusive mother I never should have had Somehow she bore those hours of labor and nursed me so as a child I managed not to die but I still have this suicidal behavior… Excerpt of Mother America by Kristin Richardson Jordan    The great American flag is wrapped and dragged with explosives Compulsive disorder, sons and daughters Barricaded blocks and borders Look at what you taught us! … It’s murder on …. backstreets, Wall Street, corporate offices, banks, employees, and bosses with homicidal thoughts But is America honest, or do we bask in sin?… It’s nasty when You set us up, then roll the dice – then bet us up You overnight the big rifles, then tell FOX to be scared of us Gang members or terrorists, et cetera, et cetera America’s reflection of me, that’s what a mirror does. Excerpt of song XXX by Kendrick Lamar   Credit goes to: Our Kristin …

REBEL

Lost some Martins and some Malcolms to the jails But We are still here Piping up on social media and taking to the streets Sometimes clashing with police Or teaching inside jail cells We are at the heart of radical art Art: Untitled (Potrait of Dr. Matulu Shakur) by Sophia Dawson @iamwetpaint www.ilovewetpaint.com Bronx Museum of the Arts Open House Excerpt: Mules Fight Back by Kristin Richardson Jordan @kristinrjordan http://www.pensup.com *Portrait subject : Dr. Matula Shakur – a political prisoner from the Black Liberation movement still incarcerated in US prison; Tupac’s stepfather*    

FEAR

  I’m not scared  of the last  “dangerous” neighborhood featured on the nightly news I don’t fear same sex couples, communists or homeless men so-called terrorists Nor “foreigners” on “our shores” not afraid of the drug war I’m afraid of how we keep defining and redefining human  to keep someone else out worry about fear and fear-baiting and how we encage our brains  fear the way we cast blame And fear more of the same from MULES FIGHT BACK authored by KRISTIN RICHARDSON JOHNSON https://pensup.com/mules-fight-back-40-activist-poems-and-stories/

My Poems Are Moving

Dear Pens Up Press Readers, For those who have been reading my work on this blog, please note that I will be moving my poems and stories to a new blog on the website Kristin’s Poetry Corner. There may be a post here occasionally, but it will be far less frequent. Also, Uproar Poetry poems and events will be featured almost entirely in the Uproar Facebook group. There are a few reasons for these changes… First, as Pens Up Press grows, we want this blog and website to focus on serving current and aspiring authors and general Pens Up Press readers. Second, I wanted to provide a space where friends, family, and the general public could read and follow my work on a regular basis without also having to read about the ins and outs of the publishing industry if that does not interest them Third, separating my own work from the business will make it easier for people to find, read through, and understand this site. Please continue following Pens Up Press (this blog) if you …