New Definitions: Redefining America Through Verse | Volume Five [Defining Revolutionary]

New Definitions is a poetry series curated by The North Star that seeks to redefine common terms from a socio-political lens. These “new definitions” will give proper context to what America is and what it has the potential to become, for better or worse.

Defining Revolutionary

1. involving or causing a complete or dramatic change.
2. engaged in or promoting political revolution.

a person who works for or engages in political revolution.

fighters armed with indignance 
and self-incrimination 
history mad that it even got out of bed for this bullshit
bliss to the spectators 
who woulda got
free AC for so much as making an illegal u-turn on the property 
while we sip tears made sweeter
by the mace they got as
a consolation prize
for not’ stormin the Capitol

About the Author

Joe Brundidge is an author, host, teaching artist and public speaker living in Austin, Texas. He has hosted a number of open mic events for almost 20 years, including Spoken & Heard at Kick Butt Coffee, an event he curated from 2007-2017. He also served as the Director of the Austin International Poetry Festival from 2012-2015, and was a co-host of “Writing On The Air” Wednesdays from 6p-7p on KOOP 91.7fm. His most recent book “Element 615” was published by Lit City Press in 2017.