“There’s going to be a major shift in our poetry”

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American Poets, Refusing to Go Gentle, Rage Against the Right – Alexandra Alter – New York Times – 4/21/17

“…Poets, scholars and publishers say the flood of protest poems after the 2016 election stands apart from earlier eras in both its quantity and intensity and its stylistic and thematic diversity. Some see the emerging body of brash political poetry as a stark departure from the more introspective, personal style that characterized so much of 20th-century American poetry.

“’There’s going to be a major shift in our poetry,’ said Alice Quinn, the executive director of the Poetry Society of America. ‘The poems that I have been reading, which are freshly minted, most of them, have a powerful sense of urgency and reckoning and responsibility.’”

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