Journalism In Verse


In Contradiction to the Commander’s Standards and Wishes [AUDIO]

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I base my poetry on science
in contradiction to the commander’s standards and wishes
I sing of diverse transgender fetuses
write evidence-based verse
in praise of science-based wonders
rhyme “vulnerable” with “beautiful”
while capitol millionaires line their pockets
with non-chlorophyllic green
and almost forget to CHIP the children
in their trickle-down amnesia.

I base my poetry on science
in consideration with community standards and wishes
based on faith
in reason
in empathy
in data
in compassion
in knowledge
in questioning

in resistance.



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Tara Campbell is a fiction editor at Barrelhouse and an MFA candidate at American University. Prior publication credits include The Establishment, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Jersey Devil Press, Page & Spine, FIVE:2:ONE, Heavy Feather Review, and Quail Bell Magazine. Her debut novel, TreeVolution, was published in 2016, and her collection, Circe’s Bicycle, will be released Spring 2018.

Photo by Angelo Juan Ramos.

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