The following poem was submitted by a Weekly Witness for Peace participant at the conclusion of the *culture is not optional event series held at The Huss Project in Three Rivers.
This week is Banned Book Week, and both Lowry’s Books and More and the Three Rivers Public Library (TRPL) are recognizing its significance. Banned Books Week serves to bring attention to the cause of fighting censorship.
“All Lives Matter” is a poem written by Three Rivers native Torrey Brown about the hypocrisy of detractors of the Black Lives Matter movement.
A poem titled “Learning to Fly” by Nancy A. Boyd.
“Sacred Space” is an excerpt from “Breathe” a chapbook by Aundrea Sayrie.
“Please excuse my blackness, I was born this way. My hair naturally curls, and the bass in my voice ain’t going away. Please excuse my blackness, I just want to buy a cigar. I’m not trying to steal anything, you are taking this too far.”
Torrey Brown expresses his frustration with systemic racism and hypocrisy in his latest poem “Just my thoughts.”
“There is an uproar in the streets for Ahmaud Arbery. Outcry turned into rejoicing as justice is now being sought. His killers admitted to ending his life in February, yet until yesterday they were free of charges, living their best lives.”
“Assault on the alphabets” written by Three Rivers native and poet Torrey Brown.
“Live on Purpose” is a poem by Phoenix, Arizona native, Three Rivers citizen and poet Aundrea Sayrie.
“News of the River” is a poem written by Three Rivers native and poet Elisabeth Wenger in honor of Watershed Voice.
Three Rivers native, poet, and Watershed Voice columnist Torrey Brown answers the hard questions between a father and a son in his first WSV poem.