by Joy Harjo
Put down that bag of potato chips, that white bread, that
bottle of pop.
Turn off that cellphone, computer, and remote control.
Open the door, then close it behind you.
Take a breath offered by friendly winds. They travel the earth
gathering essences of plants to clean.
Give it back with gratitude.
Featuring: Elizabeth Acevedo, Mahogany Browne, Carrie Fountain, and Marilyn Nelson.
These writers bring to life real-world youth awakening to activism. They show young people of color for whom defiance holds the key to decoding the complexities of our shared histories.