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The Ground Beneath Our Feet

Welcome to The Ground Beneath Our Feet—a digital collection of poems on climate justice by young writers involved with Just Buffalo’s Writing Center. This collection was made in collaboration with Ujima Company’s Dunbar Youth Theatre Arts Program as part of the Water in the Desert Project. Dunbar young performers selected some of the pieces featured here to present in a moving performance they gave in June of 2022.

We hope these pieces rattle you—with their heartbreak and love song, with their rage and despair, with their blunt edges and tender linings.

At the end of the collection are a series of writing & artmaking prompts. As Elle so crucially asks in her poem “Tree Hugging,” read this collection and tell us “what would you do for the love of your life?”

Cover Design: Bella Lamberty (JBWC Youth Ambassador)
Publication Design & Layout: Sophie Zhu (JBWC Youth Ambassador)