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“Rekia Boyd” by Porsha O

INTERSECTIONALITY. Rarely does a poem so clearly and so effortlessly illustrate a sociological idea without using the specific term. Porsha Olayiwola’s “Rekia Boyd” does exactly that. This piece is an intersectional analysis of the invisibility and hidden politics women of … Continue reading

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“Wile E. Coyote” by Shane Hawley

Certainly this poem inside the mind of Wile E. Coyote has more to do with psychology than sociology. Yet even this poem illustrates how sociological principles and concepts can lend insight into all types of situations. Halfway through this piece, … Continue reading

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“Boobs” by Ollie Renee Schminkey

Ollie Renee Schminkey’s poem, “Boobs,” illuminates the idea that gender is a social construction. In this piece, Schminkey addresses the body in terms of the physical anatomy, the person in terms of identity, and society in the form of friends … Continue reading

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“The Hunger Games” by Imani Cezanne

The Hunger Games films draw from a range of discussions, ideas, data, and myths about social stratification. A fan of the series would experience this poem at a more intimate level than someone who has simply watched the films. Imani … Continue reading

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“Cuz He’s Black” by Javon Johnson

In “‘cuz he’s black”, Javon Johnson admonishes his young nephew from hiding while confronting his own irresolute feelings between police and Black men. The simultaneous engagement of lionhearted mentorship and self-conscious inner turmoil, illustrates the contradictions and complexities of Black … Continue reading

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“Dear Ursula” by Melissa May

Melissa May’s “Dear Ursula” is a letter to the villain from The Little Mermaid. This poem is a response to Disney’s ‘Designer Villains’ collection of dolls and products released in 2012, which features numerous female villains in altered appearances. Ursula’s … Continue reading

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