A Nice White Principal without Principles

Twenty years you’ve dedicated your career to them, the kids in Southeast. What a hero you are, being there for ...
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Hawk's Tree in Tecolote canyon

Nobody’s Right, If Everybody’s Wrong

A murder of crows caw out of key (or so it seems to me) from their perches on the Jacaranda ...
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The Little Girl in the Lime-Green Jumper

A little girl, in a bright, lime-green jumper, stole the show tonight. Her mama was playing the jarana and singing ...
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Just Three Doors Down

We live just three doors down from the sea of inhumanity, always close to the possibility that we are sixty ...
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The Hearing

I watched him,  like an elk exposed on the plains,  spotting a lion in the grass,  hair standing at attention ...
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The Stroke of His Pen

I’m too bone weary to keep doing this work over and over again, when it’s so easily undone by a ...
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The tents in texas desert with immigrant children who have been torn from their parents are being held.

Sea of Beige

by Jeeni Criscenzo June 2018 When his red t-shirt fades, in the desert sun, to blend into this sea of ...
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Fault Line Park

Sitting here talking philosophically, about the fin of humanity, in the throes of a heat wave, shaded by the Pinnacles of Fault Line Park. One has to ask, does ...
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Empathy

Spinning her web, a wisp, a hair, a thread, flings from her matted head and I watch helplessly as her ...
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Coming Together – Falling Apart

Is it all coming together, or all falling apart? I can’t tell anymore. I came with love, but can’t find ...
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The Miracle

The Miracle By Jeeni Criscenzo, Jan. 20, 2017 The face in the mirror was astonishing! Visibly aged from the face ...
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Ice Walking

We learned to walk on ice. To see it when it seemed not there. To put one foot carefully down, ...
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Sleepless

I have not actually slept since that long night when astonished reporters went off script, as we watched one incomprehensible ...
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Convergence at the Border

Performed 10/24/18 at World Stage Performance Ctr. Los Angeles as the kick-off for the publication of Extreme, where this poem ...
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Sore Loser

Sore losers! you sneer, because they question the way the game was played? Cheaters! they cry, because it just doesn’t ...
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The Day Lennon Died

It’s a date I still mark as a point of reference, the apogee of a level of tribulation and pain ...
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Broken

There’s no disagreeing that the system is broken that dumped you, empty-handed, at my door with nothing left but pride ...
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Lively Hoods

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing ...
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Checkmate

This is for Rosie O’Donnell and Megyn Kelly and all the women verbally abused by Donald Trump and other bullies ...
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Traumatized

The first time I was accused of being a privileged white woman, I was defensive. I tried to explain all ...
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Last Judgement

“All Rise!” the bailiff shouted, As the door to the judge’s chambers flung open. Commandeering the entryway, a brilliant figure, ...
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