Empty shoes: poems on the hungry and the homeless

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Popcorn Press, Sep 13, 2009 - Poetry - 228 pages
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151 poems about hunger and homelessness, from 80 poets, many with direct experience, such as: Dori Appel, a Red Cross disaster volunteer; Mary L. Downs, a volunteer at LEAVEN; Barbara Flaherty, former treatment center supervisor; Nancy Gauquier, formerly homeless in NY; Randall Horton, a Ph.D. candidate who advocates for the homeless and prison reform, having been homeless and in prison; Michele Leavitt, a teenage runaway in the 1970s, who later worked as a public defender; John J. Quirk, a member of Chicago's Homeless Action Committee; Nancy Scott, a social worker who helps find housing; and Julian I. Taber, who treated homeless veterans in the V.A.Also includes: Ellen Kort, Wisconsin's first Poet Laureate; Linda Aschbrenner, publisher of the first 100 issues of Free Verse; Pushcart nominees Sharmagne Leland-St. John and Ellaraine Lockie; and Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets presidents Jeri McCormick and Lester Smith.All profits go to programs helping the hungry and homeless.

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Contents

Self P C Moorehead
8
Feeding the Pigeons
14
Too Young to Be Old Dave Dolle
20
Contingencies
26
Hungry Cats Patrick T Randolph
29
Here P C Moorehead
36
Safe Haven 1944
42
Ides of March Patrick T Randolph
48
It Could Happen to You Elda Lepak
119
The Shopping Cart Estates Katrin Talbot
125
Throwaway Laura HeidyHalberstein
131
Grandmas House Shizue Seigel
141
God Wont Deal Man a Bad Hand
147
The City of Chicagos Concrete Concerto
148
Exposed Noel Sloboda
155
Song of a Homeless Man
162

Designer on the Street Corner
54
Marys Place June A Thompson
60
Backseat Reflections Randall Horton
65
Human Economics Patrick T Randolph
71
Mother and Child Kathleen H Phillips
77
Lost on a Journey to Nowhere
84
Poverty Grants the Exclusive
90
Corn Story Jan Chronister
96
On Being Homeless Patrick T Randolph
102
Old Bens Accordion
104
Petit Dejeuner Greta Aart
112
Gnarled and Stooped Thea F Daigler
169
Following the Star 1847
176
Andy Davis
182
A Prison Break
185
Anonymous David W Hart
191
William Nancy Scott
198
XRay Glasses Shizue SeigeL
204
Park in January Patrick T Randolph
210
About the Editor and His Wife
227
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