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 …
Or by mail to: Free Republic, LLC – PO Box 9771 – Fresno, CA 93794
Too much early Friday fun! More winning!
Here’s a poem for you…
Pres. Trump will be able to handle our pathetic poets.
Oh no….we’ve lost the poets…where’s my “safe space”? /sarc
u are snot
Ooh. A bunch of snowflake poets don’t like Trump.
I’m sure THAT’LL rock society.
Ironic that “adults” who speak out against “bullying” are themselves guilty of bullying.
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.
Fools with pens are still fools, even if they call themselves poets. These people exemplify the sorry, vapid state of the contemporary arts.
Take away their Government grants, EBT cards, Obamacare and Obamaphones and see how many truly love their art.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson
This post originally appeared on Free Republic