Letter from the Editor:
The Equal People Poetry Series Wrap-Up
💛 Last Thursday, we kicked off the 2021 season of our Equal People Poetry Series. Fourteen poets from around the country and around the world, inspired by Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb,” shared their thoughts on the state of optimism, doubt, despair, and hope in a world emerging from a year like none other.
Several subscribers have communicated how much they’ve enjoyed the series because of the mental images conjured, the thoughts prompted, and the emotions stirred. That’s the magic D Abboh, Erika Burkhalter, Ré Harris, Jack Herlocker, Melanie Johnson, Tasneem Kagalwalla, Jef Littlejohn, Tremaine L. Loadholt, Indira Reddy, Estacious, Jen Whitney, Jesse Wilson, Sylvia Wohlfarth—wield, folks. And I couldn’t close out the series without acknowledging the insight and lyric know-how of Sherry Kappel, OHF Weekly Special Projects Editor and resident poetry guru.
Below you’ll find the lion’s share of this year’s offerings. To access the entire collection, go to the Tags page, click Equal People in the list, OR click Equal People at the bottom of any poem page.
In This Issue
- New This Week: More Equal People poetry by D Abboh, Erika Burkhalter, Ré Harris, Jack Herlocker, Sherry Kappel, Jef Littlejohn, Indira Reddy, Estacious, Jen Whitney, Jesse Wilson, Sylvia Wohlfarth
- In Case You Missed It : William Spivey pens this week’s legacy article
- A Fond Farewell to a Member of Our Human Family
- For Your Upcoming Week
New This Week
If you’re anything like me, a poem is a well that I find myself revisiting time and time again for deeper insights and meaning. Okay . . . truth be told, I do it mostly because I enjoy the poem and the way it “puts me in my feels.” And we hope you’ll do the same.
If you’re inclined, leave a message for our poets in the Comments section of your favorite poem(s) or start a discussion about it. (Comment registration for this publication is always complimentary.) I know they’d welcome the opportunity to interact with you.
In Case You Missed It
OHF Weekly writer William Spivey’s article on the inability of white folks to recognize that “the system” is rigged and that their leaders, past and present, are the ones who rigged it.
A Fond Farewell to a Member of Our Human Family
With a sad heart, I announce that Stephen Matlock, OHF Weekly Senior Editor, will be leaving us for an extended and well-deserved period of restoration. Over the past two years, Steve has been an integral member of the OHF Editorial Team. A talented writer in his own right and one-in-a-million editor with over twenty years of experience and extensive knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, Steve has consistently given our online articles and print publications a professional sheen while keeping our social media queues loaded.
Steve’s dedicated service to Our Human Family can best be expressed as that of a mentor, trusted friend, and—to borrow from the vernacular of HBO’s Game of Thrones—“the hand of the king.”
Please join me in wishing him continued success in everything he sets his hand to. His contributions will be missed.
Thanks for everything, Steve. 💛
For Your Upcoming Week . . .
I saw this, and it made me laugh hard. I hope you have a similar reaction and an fabulous weekend and upcoming week!
Love one another.
Our Human Family, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
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