“Pigeons” and “Bird Watchers”
Photo: Scott Braley
Jean Stewart is a Bay Area poet, novelist, short story writer, and social justice/disability rights activist. Founder of the Disabled Prisoners' Justice Fund, she has been working with disabled prisoners for the past eleven years.
At the Bay Area release party for Wild Poppies, she read her poem, “Pigeons.” On the CD, she reads Marilyn's poem, “Bird Watchers” (both below).
Her much-acclaimed novel, The Body's Memory, can be found at your local used-book store, on the web at ABE Books or other online booksellers. Her short story, “Sovereignty,” was recently published in Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act (Oxford University Press, 2004). Her article on “Disablement, Prison, and Historical Segregation” (with Marta Russel) appeared in the July-August 2001Monthly Review. At the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India (2004), she spoke on “Disability, Capitalism and War.”
Balanced on the peak,
Blocks away, at Broadway and Marina,
On the rooftop, bird at last mounts bird.
Perhaps the City Fathers will pronounce
But you, you’ve been
© 2002 Jean Stewart
Francine, elegant, headwrapped
once the geese fly North or South
poems © the authors
compilation © The Freedom Archives