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Surviving Is Not Enough by Paula Puolakka

Quaz | Sep 16th, 2019 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

Fire in Factory Kills 148: The Boston Sunday Globe, March 26, 1911.
600 Texas Children Killed: Chicago Daily Tribune, March 19, 1937.
The Climate Really is Getting Warmer: Sunday Telegraph, June 8, 1958.
Policing the Police: Winston-Salem Chronicle, Vol. XVIII, No. 47.
Death, Debris, Despair: St. Cloud Times, December 12, 1998.
Paper Lays Off 200 Employees: The Times-Picayune, June 13, 2012.

The headlines of the newspapers are the same old pulp,
and in modern society, surviving is not enough.
The world around you is about to get fried,
but the public authorities are baffling and bluffing you,
forcing you to deal with the abuse of your various rights.

Poet Bio

Paula Puolakka is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) Her latest work can be found through Rattle’s Open Mic (Rattlecast #5,) Arts Quarter Books (the “Words Catch Fire” anthology,) Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry (the “Word Daubers” poetry collection on Lulu,) and Spillwords Press. To look forward to, South Florida Poetry Journal will interview her in October. Spillwords Press will also continue to support her by displaying her work on 9/20. On 10/31, The Voices Project will do the same. The religious Finnish radio station Dei has also promised to give an hour-long slot for her list of religious pop and rock songs. It will be aired on 9/23 at 11 a.m and again on 9/24 at 4 a.m. The list includes her short statements concerning spirituality, society, justice, and prisoners’ rights.

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