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POETRY AND POETS IN A TIME OF CRISIS

MATTHEW ZAPRUDER ON HOW ONE IMAGINATION CAN ACTIVATE ANOTHER  – Literary Hub –  12/6/16

There are many excellent thoughts in this piece…it was difficult to choose which quote to excerpt. Here’s one of the more practical ones, esp good for those who aren’t primarily “political” poets:

Poets, if you find yourselves worrying that your poems are not “about” political matters, here is my suggestion: every single time you feel that worry, finish your poem, make it as beautiful as you can, and then do some kind of concrete action. Support threatened communities, or the environment. Pledge yourself to participating in a voter registration drive. Give money to a political organization working tirelessly for change. If you do this, the world will benefit in two ways: from your activism, and from the beautiful poem you have made.