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Poetically Yours - Equality

Provided by James Morehead

Welcome to Poetically Yours. Poetically Yours showcases poems by northern Illinois poets, but this week we’re featuring talent from the Golden State: James Morehead, poet laureate of Dublin, California.

Morehead is the author of canvas: poems, his debut poetry collection and is the host of The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast.

James' poem "tethered" was transformed into an award-winning, hand-drawn short film. His poem "gallery" was set to music for baritone and piano. His poems have appeared in Wingless Dreamer, Prometheus Dreaming and Prompt Press.

“These are poems to be savored, re-read, kept handy for those times when only poetry will do,” said W. J. T. Mitchell, senior editor of Critical Inquiry and Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor, English and Art History at the University of Chicago.

Today he shares is poem “Searching, still, for the ERA.”

Section 1

"Equality of rights"

stated decades ago

"under the law"

as passed by Congress(men) and

Senators alike

"shall not be denied"

until three States demurred?


no they denied,

“or abridged by the United States

or by any state on account of sex"

and left it unsigned.

Section 2

"The Congress shall have

the power to enforce,"

35 States agree

but denied by 3

“by appropriate legislation,

the provisions of this article."

as was written in 1972

from Alice Paul of 1923.

Because equality creeps

we let freedom ring—hollow without a clapper.

Section 3

"This amendment shall take effect

two years after the date of ..."

And so we march

as decades pass

searching still for

" ...ratification"

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