Averse to Trump, America's poets fight back with words

Averse to Trump, America’s poets fight back with words


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Averse to Trump, America’s poets fight back with words
ap ^ | Jan. 13, 2017 | WILLIAM J. KOLE

Posted on 01/13/2017 4:58:29 AM PST by Prov1322

BOSTON (AP) — America’s leading poets are averse to Donald Trump, and they’re not about to go gentle into that good night.

Poetry slams and other literary events are being organized nationwide in the run-up to the president-elect’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

Some, like this weekend’s “Writers Resist” rallies in New York, Boston and 90 other U.S. cities, are overtly in protest. Others are merely an attempt to find a little solace and beauty in verse.

“Our country was founded on brilliant writing,” said Erin Belieu, an award-winning poet who runs the creative writing program at Florida State University. She hatched the Writers Resist movement “to re-inaugurate the best of our democratic ideals.”

On Sunday, poets, writers and artists will gather in 32 states — as well as in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London and Singapore — to read aloud from their own works and quote inspirational passages from others.

The lead event in the series sponsored by the writers’ group PEN America will be staged on the steps of the New York Public Library and feature former U.S. poet laureates Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove.

Pinsky, a professor of English and creative writing at Boston University, told The Associated Press he’ll recite a new poem he wrote for the occasion that will invoke the celebrated black poet Gwendolyn Brooks, Walt Whitman and others who waxed lyrical about American democratic ideals.

“Those of us who use words professionally have a certain stake in the truth,” he said. “It’s hard to think of anything more important. In the long run, lies and fabrications wither away, but the truth endures forever.”

(Excerpt) Read more at bigstory.ap.org


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OK, I put this in “Breaking News” knowing it will tweek some of our FReeper FRiends. But, seriously, if we’ve lost the poets then it’s over…

Too much early Friday fun! More winning!

1 posted on 01/13/2017 4:58:29 AM PST by Prov1322

To: Prov1322

Here’s a poem for you…

Donald. Trump.
Suck it.

2 posted on 01/13/2017 5:00:26 AM PST by JenB987 (#NeverHillary)

To: Prov1322

Pres. Trump will be able to handle our pathetic poets.

3 posted on 01/13/2017 5:01:35 AM PST by txrefugee

To: Prov1322

Oh no….we’ve lost the poets…where’s my “safe space”? /sarc

4 posted on 01/13/2017 5:01:57 AM PST by ealgeone

To: Prov1322

Breaking not
u are snot

5 posted on 01/13/2017 5:03:01 AM PST by Drango (A liberal’s compassion is limited only by the size of someone else’s wallet.)

To: Prov1322

I give you…..in a conglomeration ….the poet…. Percy Dovetonsils!

6 posted on 01/13/2017 5:04:38 AM PST by Vaquero ( Don’t pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.)

To: Prov1322

Ooh. A bunch of snowflake poets don’t like Trump.

I’m sure THAT’LL rock society.

7 posted on 01/13/2017 5:07:10 AM PST by Pravious

To: Prov1322

Ironic that “adults” who speak out against “bullying” are themselves guilty of bullying.

8 posted on 01/13/2017 5:07:28 AM PST by FES0844

To: Prov1322

will invoke the celebrated black poet Gwendolyn Brooks, Walt Whitman and others

In fairness, shouldn’t this have read ..celebrated white poet Walt Whitman and others. ?

Funny thing is that so often these people have no idea that they’re outing their own inherent racism at most every turn.

9 posted on 01/13/2017 5:08:11 AM PST by tomkat

To: Prov1322

Fools with pens are still fools, even if they call themselves poets. These people exemplify the sorry, vapid state of the contemporary arts.

10 posted on 01/13/2017 5:09:44 AM PST by djpg (Will)

To: Prov1322

Take away their Government grants, EBT cards, Obamacare and Obamaphones and see how many truly love their art.

11 posted on 01/13/2017 5:09:58 AM PST by Iron Munro (.They should mIf Illegals voted Rebublican 50 Million Democrats Would Be Screaming “Build The Wall!”)

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