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13 Poems That Will Move You

From verse about Columbus Day to trying to masturbate on election night — these poems have range.

Posted on December 26, 2017, at 9:49 a.m. ET

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"Barbershop" by Phillip B. Williams

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“So I’m sitting in the barbershop getting my hair cut when this dude say he would kill his son if he found out he was gay.”

"Record" by Danniel Schoonebeek

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“May of that year / he began to debate killing himself. / Debate not contemplate."

When The Therapist Asks You To Recount, You Have To Say It, by Aricka Foreman

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“It happened while I thought about grace, how a lady / handles her body.

"B.F.F.", by Hieu Minh Nguyen

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“I lay in the dark & stretch the portrait / of a white woman across my face / until it splits."

"I Knew I Wasn't Poor," by Jan Beatty

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"I knew I wasn’t poor, / because I could always eat / at the restaurant where I waitressed."

Two Poems About A Controversial Emmett Till Painting by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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"In paint you're still pulling him / out of the river. Still taking the skin / off (again) with a bullet brush."

"On The Night Of The Election" by Franny Choi

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"I tried to touch myself / in the hotel room / when the bar closed / before I’d had enough,"

"It's Not Fitness, It's A Lifestyle" by Nicole Sealey

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"I’m waiting for a white woman / in this overpriced Equinox / to mistake me for someone other / than a paying member."

"Buen Esqueleto" By Natalie Scenters-Zapico

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"Life is short, and I tell this to mis hijas."

Follow Him” By Jenny Zhang

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“it happened to me: / I dated a white anarchist / who made me do all the dishes / while he crowdfunded his trip to Rojava”

"Living On Earth" By Alex Dimitrov

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"What does the moon know of our language, / our care for its perceived loneliness / which may be its one joy."

"Columbus" by Maggie Smith

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"What else / have I claimed that was not mine?"

"Cotton Candy" by Kaveh Akbar

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"My mother wept nightly for eight years / my living curled its hands / around her throat not choking exactly."

"Woo Woo Roll Deep" by Angel Nafis

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"You can’t tell us / shit. We always down for the miracle."

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