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"poem commissioned by CBC for World Poet Day, International Day of Forests, and the International Day for the Elimination of Racism--all today" by Jeremy Stewart

March 21 is International Day of Forests. It's also International Day for the Elimination of Racism. And it's World Poetry Day. How to celebrate all three?

We turned to Prince George poet Jeremy Stewart for help, and he came back with something he says is "flarf", a type of poetry that uses semi-random words and phrases from the internet to create a work of art.

"For this piece I Googled combinations of the terms 'poets', 'racism', 'forests' and variants on those to get little bits of language which I could use to combine into something," he says.

We've shared the result below. Stewart is the author of flood basement and the upcoming Hidden City, which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative poetry.

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"poem commissioned by CBC for World Poet Day, International Day of Forests, and the International Day for the Elimination of Racism--all today" by Jeremy Stewart

Read poems on racism. Best racism poems. 
Poem about racisms.
Consider the issue of racism in the light in the forest.

Hundreds of poets are putting their verse together 
to keep a 10-hectare forest slated 
for development by Langley council intact.

We started in summer 2009 with about half a dozen of us sitting 
round a table in Ye Olde Rose and Crown trying 
to avoid the (otherwise lovely)

yet again, a community--this time, Waltham Forest--is coming together
to tell the racists that they are not welcome. For more than three years
I have been reading some disturbing poems

posts/blogs/comments
about how Forest Grove is racist 
and how there are white supremacists in the area

The poet not only grew up in a racist environment
a descendant of slaveowners, but also followed 
(without always embracing) forms of quote ethnological science

police have warned fans heading for tomorrow night's 
match between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City 
that racist chanting will not be

get blazed as hell and go mudding in Forest Lake
this results in a substantial proportion of the student 
body being incredibly racist

it's a town where kids who aren't smart 
enough to spend their time more productively
use sexist, classist, racist or homophobic language; libel or defame; bully or troll.

Are all of Maya Angelou's poems about racism?
Why did Maya Angelou write books and poems?
The Conservative Party cloaks its inherent racism behind more creative language

I didn't really think Poem Forest would make me feel better, but
Harper used her prestige and writings 
to fight racism and also make a strong feminist

This isn't racist...it's more like a lament. 
Anti-racist education works 
to counter and dismantle all forms

marvel at the overachieving beaver, applaud the race-winning snail
I explored the rainforest; I discovered the people.
Background and a rejection of colonial racism and oppression.

Being in forests also produces positive effects on
a large and rapidly growing body of evidence
when people spent time in nature it decreased sick days
to keep a 10-hectare forest slated 
for development by Langley council intact.

We started in summer 2009 with about half a dozen of us sitting 
round a table in Ye Olde Rose and Crown trying 
to avoid the (otherwise lovely)

yet again, a community--this time, Waltham Forest--is coming together
to tell the racists that they are not welcome. For more than three years
I have been reading some disturbing poems

posts/blogs/comments
about how Forest Grove is racist 
and how there are white supremacists in the area

The poet not only grew up in a racist environment
a descendant of slaveowners, but also followed 
(without always embracing) forms of quote ethnological science

police have warned fans heading for tomorrow night's 
match between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City 
that racist chanting will not be

get blazed as hell and go mudding in Forest Lake
this results in a substantial proportion of the student 
body being incredibly racist

it's a town where kids who aren't smart 
enough to spend their time more productively
use sexist, classist, racist or homophobic language; libel or defame; bully or troll.

Are all of Maya Angelou's poems about racism?
Why did Maya Angelou write books and poems?
The Conservative Party cloaks its inherent racism behind more creative language

I didn't really think Poem Forest would make me feel better, but
Harper used her prestige and writings 
to fight racism and also make a strong feminist

This isn't racist...it's more like a lament. 
Anti-racist education works 
to counter and dismantle all forms

marvel at the overachieving beaver, applaud the race-winning snail
I explored the rainforest; I discovered the people.
Background and a rejection of colonial racism and oppression.

Being in forests also produces positive effects on
a large and rapidly growing body of evidence
when people spent time in nature it decreased sick days

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