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Published on Dec 25, 2012 - In: poems
why jews celebrate x-mas
i. it’s the only time of the year all my mom’s people could get off work.
ii. it’s a production.
a. my grandma’s spread took days to lay out:
swedish meat balls in a hot and sweet brown sauce.
brisket in au jus (of course). mustard dip. farfalle
primavera. caramels, cookies and plenty of vodka.
iii. the main event was held just off the dining room
iv. the adults gathered for highballs and martinis (even though my
grandfather, a liquor salesman, never drank.)
v. this was the night he worked all year for.
vi. a room of family and a wall of presents, that cost money he made.
vii. proof he provided for his children and grandchildren.
viii. things you could touch and say my papa gave me this, this thing.
ix. this is the night, he felt most american
x. most fully
from the forth coming collection, Schtick, Spring 2013, Haymarket Books
pre-order here: http://www.amazon.com/Shtick-Kevin-Coval/dp/1608462706
Published on Oct 29, 2012 - In: Uncategorized
Published on Oct 17, 2012 - In: Uncategorized
from the Preface:
Every institution in Chicago fails Black youth. Our city, as the young poet Malcolm London writes, is “a tale of two hoodies”: a segregated and systematically inequitable city, “a Jekyll-and-Hyde sort of burg” Nelson Algren would say. A town where white kids exist in an increasingly idyllic new urban utopia and Black and Latino kids—whose parents are working and not, due to the lack of jobs and job opportunities on the West, South and East sides, and the increasing abduction of men of color for prison industrial slave labor—weave and dodge through a war zone. Chicago is in America and this is not a new story. It’s a story as old as the country itself, stuck on repeat, blaring out a loud speaker.
Come to the chapbook release party FRIDAY Oct. 19 7pm @ Young Chicago Authors 1180 N. Milwaukee
Purchase a copy &/or Classroom set of the book from Haymarket Books here.
Published on Sep 15, 2012 - In: Uncategorized
Published on Sep 14, 2012 - In: Uncategorized
The revolution will not be standardized.
The assault on public education started here.
It needs to end here.
Karen Lewis, CTU President
of course the teachers march
in Chicago. they know
& honor the history
of the many standing
against the tyranny
of the few
this is a union town
Most radical of all American cities:…
Big Bill Haywood’s town
Nelson Algren would say
this is a fight
against a mayor who is anti-union
who sold unions out in NAFTA
and the Clinton white house
the teachers strike for the heart & future
of public education
in this city
in this country.
after decades of republican-democrat strides
toward charters. toward the right
of public education being privatized.
they strike against Arne Duncan
Obama’s architect of standardized education
that privileges the privileged, whose kids are in the suburbs
or University of Chicago lab schools
the teachers strike
in the Chicago Tradition
allied with trade unionists
and Pullman Porters. in solidarity
with the Haymarket Martyrs
and Republic Window workers.
the teachers honor those who died
in the 1937 Memorial Day massacre
when cops shot steel workers.
they honor those who build
the country, who ensured the 8-hour day
in the name of;
& Rudy Lozano
Addie Wyatt &
his red socks
in solidarity, he rocks, from the grave.
he would’ve been on this picket line
with the teachers
fighting the good fight
in the long haul
standing with the many
against the tyranny of the few.
standing with the teachers
firmly rooted on the shoulders of giants
in the great & honorable
the good fight
fighting for the future
© 2011 - kevin coval