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Words and promises

Ingrained into our hearts

Constitutional freedoms

Expressed by founding fathers

To ensure equality




When our supreme leaders

Seem to take us

Back in time

Past hard pressed


Take an oath for life



Bio:  Carlos Loera graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with an MFA in Art. He teaches at San Antonio College. He is an artist, writes poetry and produces the poetry group Voces Cósmicas.

book cover of Dominant Genes

BOOK REVIEW: Dominant Genes by SJ Sindu

In S.J. Sindu’s Black River Chapbook Competition winning collection, she posits questions about female bodies and queer identities as a means to confront and interrogate tradition. Dominant Genes serves as


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