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My special thanks to the long time activist and Native poet and writer, Linda Hogan for her invitation to participate in this program on environmental justice. A Amazonia Está Queimando is from my forthcoming collection of poetry, MY BOOK OF THE DEAD(UNMP 9/1/21)
I woke this morning to responses to the poem that were moving and encouraging. One woman in Colorado sat down to write to her Congress people about the Amazon. If we believe poetry does nothing regarding social change we should dive head first into reading various world histories. Wars have been led by poets, and poets have given their lives to revolutions. And if they serve as witnesses as so many have, the testimony reminds us of what we must stay vigilant about.