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Homelessness: Poetry & Photography

Library and online sources about homelessness

Diversity & Equity Initiative

The books on this page were funded by a Diversity and Equity Initiative (DEI) Award from the University of Hawaii Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED).  Honolulu Community College Library received a DEI grant in 2014 for "Humanizing the Homeless: Library Materials to Promote Understanding."

These books may be checked out for 28 days.

Sample Photos

Patricia - photo in What I Keep
Patricia and her dog Indy
Patricia is a former addict, she got clean in prison.
Photo from What I Keep by Susan Mullally

Daniel and Stacy - photo in Homeless
Daniel and Stacy, expectant parents
Stacy left an abusive home. Her preganancy is high-risk.
Daniel is looking for a job to support them. He's never been out of work before.
Photo from Homeless: Portraits of Americans in Hard Times by Howard Schatz



Poem: Homeless Wanderer

At night I sleep in abandoned cars
That smell of loss and sweat.

I lie inside these paupers' tombs
Just one among a crowd
On a narrow, dead-end street
Where no U-turns are allowed.

I'm like the child whose tongue
Is frozen on the ice--
No one can bear to look
As he struggles to free himself.

Except, of course, for each of you
Who talk but fail to see that
You could become the wanderer
And sleep right next to me.

by Susan Kileen
in Empty Shoes: Poems on the Hungry and the Homeless

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