Volume 2Fall 2002

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 Welcome to IN OUR OWN WORDS the Ezine from BBBooks. We publish and distribute books, list "Calls for Submissions," Contests, and Writing Classes here on our web site.

We are a grass roots organization, not a corporate entity, so we don't dance to the dollar sign. You can expect to find thought- provoking, creative, alternative writing, information and politics right here. We offer the "People Before Profits Poetry Prize" each year and offer all kinds of other stuff for writers, poets, students, educators, spiritual types, feminists, humanists, and activists. We're people who follow their conscience, but like to have fun too!

The writers in this edition of "In Our Own Words" range in age from their teens to their 80s.

Our editorial philosophy is simple: Writers respond to life; they chronicle our times and remind us what it is like to be human.
Extraordinary writing strikes a truth and reflects how events in our nutty world affect us. While vulgarity is often a part of our daily lives, vulgarity for the sake of shock value doesn't benefit anyone. We accept all styles and forms of poetry and prose. While the writing we've chosen reminds us that life isn't always pretty, we will always dream of it being extraordinary!

 About Writing
Rarely do difficulties between humans have simple solutions that can be solved by "products"(other than basic food/shelter/medicine). Attempts to buy a remedy for an intellectual, emotional, spiritual quandary "in a box" inevitably masks and delays the hard work we must do to evolve as humans. Many writers discover, process, clarify and make evident their own and even our human collective intellectual, emotional and spiritual evolution through their work.
Should we choose to look outside ourselves to the ever-present, always-willing-to-hook-our-attention commercial media, we will be find simplistic formulas. Actual life is enormously complex. Commercial interests rarely present us with accurate versions of history.

At BBP we believe writing is an artform, a process, and a fundamental human right. We understand that all writing has a political context, even through omission. On the other hand, overly polemic, dogmatic writing does little to inspire readers to think for themselves. At BBP we wish to support the power to think independently, the most precious component of human free will.

BBP is not affiliated with any particular political or religious group. Writings contained on this web site do not necessarily represent the opinions of the staff or management of BBP.

Table of Contents

David Beard: Center City || Crisis || Reading Poetry in Bed || State Hospital

Abby Lynn Bogomolny: Those Who Speak of the Enemy Are the Enemy Themselves

Andrew Lam: Grandmother's Last Lesson: Seeing Tim as a Trick of the Mind || Can Ghosts Cross the Ocean?

Elana Dykewomon: My Mother and the Wars

Joy Lucadello Luster: Essay - August, 2002

Bonnie J. Manion: Christ In Me

Amanda Majestie: Kafka Time: Please Charge Me With a Crime || Tonight on Masterpiece Theatre

Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan: Your Generation || Yellow

Fiona Parrott: The Raft

Robert Rabin-Siegal: Vieques Struggle Continues

Ekere Tallie: Refuge || How We Can Achieve World Peace || Haiku

Padma Jared Thornlyre: This Desire

John T. Trigonis: The Old Man and the Cup

Blood Money: Death is Good for Business

Jobs in Social Justice

Submission Information for "In Our Own Words"

"My Mother and the Wars" originally appeared in Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Our Friends.
subscription information is available from P. O. Box 24839, Eugene, OR 97402 .

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation wants crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters... Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will..."
Frederick Douglass 1857

How You Can Be Published:

There are several ways. You can also send in poetry or short prose of your own to be considered for IN OUR OWN WORDS, our ezine. We also recommend looking at the Classifieds in Poets and Writers Magazine, visiting our Calls for Submission Page, or entering a contest, similar to our annual "Burning Bush Poetry Prize." Only entries that include a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) will be returned, so be sure to include this with your work. See our editorial philosophy.

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