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Voices of Resilience

19 Nov

Poetry is life in print and this work gives voice to our resilient lives. Submit.
Lamisa Mustafa is a first-year student at Southern Methodist University, double majoring
in Human Rights and Sociology, and minoring in French. She is passionate about human rights and, specifically, the power of narratives in social justice. Through
Voices of Resilience, she will be creating a space for people to express themselves with poetry. This space will be both online and in-print in the form of an anthology with poetry submissions from SMU and the greater DFW community. Through her project, she hopes to expand her concepts of expression, continue to develop her leadership skills, and learn how to be a better global citizen. Her project began with her participation in the Pangea Network’s Young Women’s Leadership Conference and is funded by the SMU Caswell Leadership

Voices of Resilience
is an anthology celebrating human diversity and the human experience. We are looking for poems on any theme. Poems can be of form, free verse, or spoken word style. No formal poetry experience is needed to be qualified to submit, but the poems will be reviewed before publication. Please email up to three poems to
by December 17, 2017.

Thank you endlessly for your resilience.


Voices of Resilience


Song for John TRUdell

10 Dec

I’m quite tired of cancer.

It should wither away into dust like rotary phones,

manual car windows and other passé, née primitive things.

I have no idea why cancer likes poets so much either.

Is it because we carry truth in our mouths

like water gourds in the desert?

Is it because we see humanity in small, discarded places?

I’ve decided that cancer not only sucks, but

should surely attack itself until it has eaten

all the evil it can bear and then die

in a lonely dank corner with no one

to surround it with love or care.


We will not be moved, but will march on

with swords in our pockets and drones in our keypads.

Truth is eternal and so are the poets who bear its testimony.

For Giselle Robinson, Lucille Clifton, Ai, and the human called

John TRUdell



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