In Exchange || Dee Allen

I feel for the antediluvian forests
Being systemically cut for
American lumber for building
Spreading more civilization,
European biomass for burning
As factory-made fuel, new
Means to spoil the air—
Critters of the trees, of wings and paws,
Forced to fly and crawl to new lives
Of displacement—
Their original homes in exchange
For uncertainty—

 [ In response to the poem immigrants by rupi kaur. ]

Dee Allen, is an African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California. Active in creative writing & Spoken Word since the early 1990s. Author of 7 books–Boneyard, Unwritten Law, Stormwater, Skeletal Black [ all from POOR Press ], Elohi Unitsi [ Conviction 2 Change Publishing ] and his 2 newest, Rusty Gallows: Passages Against Hate [ Vagabond Books ] and Plans [ Nomadic Press ]–and 46 anthology appearances under his figurative belt so far. 


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