“You don’t need to have read Orwell to recognize that partisan writing tends to be insincere and robotic, two traits that art must avoid. Partisan writing demands a loud immediacy, whereas art is more often the ‘foster-child of silence and slow time.’ To cite a more recent passage, what Parul Sehgal says of novelists applies also to poets:
“To so confidently believe oneself to be on the right side of history is risky—for a writer especially. In that balmy glow of self-regard, complacency can easily take root. And good prose demands a measure of self-doubt—the worry that nags at a writer, that forces her to double back on her sentences, unravel and knit them up again, asking repeatedly: Is this clear? Is this true? Is this enticing?
“The most effective political poems approach their targets indirectly….”