Political Commentary Filter
  1. Poets on Borders: Perspectives at Poetry International

    Poets from around the world share their perspectives on borders.

    Commentary
  2. Cuba Counterpoints

    At Cuba Counterpoints, writers and scholars look at the culture and politics of a rapidly changing, increasingly open Cuba.

    Commentary
  3. Poets and Borders

    What does it mean to live on or cross the border? What does it mean to be a citizen? Are there borders beyond those that are geographic? At Poetry International, a magazine at San Diego State University, poets from around the world share their thoughts on borders.

    Identity
  4. What we talk about when we talk about sexual harassment

    Michael Hobbes on the societal blindness that puts the blame for harassment on the victim: “If you have never been hurt by jokes about your gender or your race or your sexuality, those who complain about them seem oversensitive.”

    Abuse
  5. Barbara Jane Reyes

    “I believe when a Pinay writes, and she is the subject of her own narratives, then she is subverting those master narratives which have figured her as a voiceless and passive object.” Filipina author, poet, and professor Barbara Jane Reyes blogs about literature, poetry, politics, and more.

    Authors
  6. “We Are Protectors”: Writers, Artists, and Photographers on Water

    A selection of images and words in celebration of World Water Day.

    Environment
    Photo by Rebecca Cleal
  7. Another Poem About Survival

    From Kelly Hayes at Transformative Spaces, a poem about resilience and the promise of better, yet-unimagined futures: “remember: / Joy and pain, grief and pleasure, / will turn like wheels.”

    Poetry
  8. When Do Politics Decide Friendship?

    “The quicker we leave, the less chance we have for weaving something better than all that politics has failed to deliver.” When it comes to friendship and politics, pastor J.S. Park encourages us to build — not burn — bridges.

    Commentary
  9. America’s extreme vetting

    Michael Hobbes on refugees in America: “‘They need our help,’ she said. . . . I remember being struck by that, the simplicity of it, the clarity of genuine, actual, real-world grace being defined in four words right in front of me.”

    Political Commentary
  10. Art
  11. WOMANIFESTO

    “You have handed me a box of matches and no chaperone / And a world made of lies and polyester. / Congratulations.” Angry, energized words from an angry, energized woman. (Editor’s note: strong language.)

    Feminism
  12. The Diversity Deal

    In the wake of the #MuslimBan Executive Order and the airport protests that followed it, London-based writer Ali Abbas calls on Muslim communities to forge stronger, more reciprocal ties with other marginalized groups.

    Commentary
  13. Now that the war and theft is speeding up and spreading outward, it is catching up many more people, including many of the white middle class people who used to think that they were safe from all that kind of thing. The big question will be: what will we middle class white people do?

    Current Events
  14. This is just how white supremacy works. Without vigilance, it seeps into everything: like an overlooked red sock that stains the whole laundry load pink. That one red sock that makes my whites look as if, pre-wash, I had soaked ’em all in blood.

    Current Events
  15. Why We March: Reflections from Women’s Marches

    Millions of people marched on January 21, 2017, to oppose the new Trump administration in the US — and wrote about (or photographed or sketched) the experience.

    Current Events
    The National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the Women's March on Washington (photo from four twenty nine).