Stewart Acuff

  • Resistance and Struggle

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    We have seen more leadership for justice in America in the last few months than we have seen since 2008. Maybe it started with Rev. Barber and the Moral Mondays in North Carolina, then spread

  • Sick of Ted Cruz?

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    Apparently, so is the Republican majority. Cruz’s fake, halting dramatic speech patterns, which has driven so many of us nuts–and his own personal ideological perspective has finally driven the Republican majority nuts as well. Cruz

  • CRomnibus: Elizabeth Warren is Fighting For Us

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    So it has come to this–the only way to fund the government is to give the banks, financial institutions, and rich donors everything they want. To keep the government running, the House and Senate

  • No Retreat, No Surrender

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    Maybe I’m too dramatic or passionate, but in 1985 I got a tattoo on my arm that says “no retreat, no surrender.” It was an expression of what I felt in the Reagan years,

  • The Top .01 Percent are 220 Times Richer Than the Average American.

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    As I’ve been trying to document in this space, inequality has a dangerous and corrosive effect on our lives, our economy, our kids, and what’s left of our democracy. That inequality is also why

Sep 26

Cleansing Rain

Another new poem, Cleansing Rain, that recently got published on Political Affairs. The rain woke me this morning The Southern sky opened, pouring Out all she had, thunder roaring Its own accompanying catharsis No tender rain this morning But a

Sep 12

On Unemployment

This poem was just published in the poetry journal Blue Collar Review. It is one of several attempts I’ve made to document in poetry the effects of the Great Recession. I wake when I do Three

Sep 3

Forge-like heat

In the daily intensity of forge-like heat The daily triage of meetings and buses and trains And yes I hate them, planes And the million what-ifs doubt Sometimes I think now in older years It is the delicious reset

Aug 7

Dark descended

I’ll be on my good friend John Case’s Winners and Losers radio show today and I’ll be reading this new poem. Dark descended long ago this night Leaving the creatures of the light To their dreams and

Jul 31

Dreaming of Lincoln

Dreaming of Lincoln pacing the floor at the cottage Deep into the night after passing hours With Stanton tellin’ stories of Illinois and flatboats And the frontier, hard-handed whiskey drinkin’ men Unable to sleep even into the tiny

Jul 28

An Osprey

I just saw an osprey straining against the sky And the perpetual pull of the earth As she carried a small rockfish over the Chesapeake Taking it to her babies waiting in the giant nest new this

Jul 18

Still Struggling

This is one of my newer poems that recently got published on Political Affairs. Wanted to share it with you all. Still struggling to know my soul and express it in poetry It is a great

Jul 16

Love and Friends and Family.

This is one of my newer poems that was read on radio poetry shows. So today they announce LeBron James is going back to Cleveland To play basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers Four years after today’s greatest

Jun 13

The Way Home

Proud to say that my poem “The Way Home” just got published in Political Affairs. Is it the steel on steel Or the imperfections Of steel rails laid on wooden ties That create the rockin’ all night long From

Jun 4

The Southern sky

The rain woke me this morning The Southern sky opened, pouring Out all she had, thunder roaring Its own accompanying catharsis No tender rain this morning But a full blown raging rain Intent on emptying the sky Of its burden too

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