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Yes, it's true! I #amwriting! This poetry series has been in the works for more than ten years. Why? Because soul work is slow work. You know that encounter in the kitchen? "Is it soup yet? Not yet, but soon!
As the book is throwing itself together, I thought you might like a taste. Got your spoon ready?
behind the thrust
of cutting money, cutting female flesh
cutting family planning
the cost of such a program not as costly
as the insistence upon reproduction
not because people respect life
but to ensure that sheer life literally will have been
while those living must earn a living
enslaved to sustain the appetites
of the corpse law of the greedy for power
and it is the greed that hides the national hole
in the ground calling itself zero
~excerpted from "CRIPpled POETICS" ©2017 stephanie pope Monsters & Bugs poetry series