"Rise" (2018) by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna tells the story of the land that humanity has taken advantage of and the need for people to rise up cease those harmful habits before it is too late.
"Climate Change: A Spoken Word Poem" (2014) is by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a Marshall Island native, who actively speaks out on the importance of globalized change and recognition with regard to the climate crisis and the safety of future generations. Jetnil-Kijiner speaks in the format of a letter written to her baby, explaining that no harm shall come to them from exacerbated disasters, and that humanity will fix this immense issue for the sake of the world.
"Yosra Strings off My Mustache" (2017) by Melissa Lozada-Oliva depicts the diversity and commonalities of friendship within the broader context of American society. She puts the audience in her place, describing the emotions and experiences felt from her perspective as a person of color. She explains the cultural weight behind hair removal, and how it cannot simply be deduced to a matter of disliking oneself.
"When I Say We Are All Teen Girls" (2018) by Olivia Gatwood expresses the potency of femininity that runs through all of humanity and how femininity has deeply touched each of our lives. Gatwood highlights that even nature can be depicted as a teen girl, from the sea's "moody push and pull" to the way humans "take, and take, and take" from nature.
"A Language of Change" (2015) by David Sergeant, calls attention to the negative impacts of climate change. This poem wrestles with mixed feelings of love for the ocean and horror at its power and potential to destroy.
"I Lost My Talk" (2007) by Rita Joe (preformed by Gabrielle Nebrida-Pepin) is a spoken word piece about the Canadian ban that forbidding the Mi'kmaq people from speaking in their native language and sharing their stories. It’s about gaining that autonomy that was stolen from them back so they can speak their truth.
"Ways of Looking at a Glacier (after Wallace Stevens)"(2016) by Craig Santos Perez explores the ties between humans and the natural world from which they are inextricable from. This connects images and feelings associated with loss of habitat with the important call to action that exists with the urgency of climate change.
The Well (2020) by Brontë Velez offers a practice in digging into the trauma of the exploitation of Black people and the land. This poem is a powerful exploration of interconnection, resistance, and a future of radical Black wellness. "This is not our apocalypse. We are the doulas."