We Need More Poetry

What use is poetry? Why read and write it when our country calls to us to do the work of solving such far-reaching social, political and environmental challenges?
I have asked these questions since I was 15 and coming of age as a poet and activist, and I firmly believe that we must work for change AND nourish the human spirit with art and ideas.
 
We must also cultivate and defend space for our imaginations.

For the last four days I’ve woken and wrote—just like any other day. I’ve felt sad, uncertain, confounded and off-kilter, but writing and reading poetry helps me to feel more myself, and to anchor my body on this earth. To transform despair is an act of personal revolution. To turn off the news and read a poem is an act of resistance.

Everywhere I look, fellow humans are looking for meaning and perspective through literature and art because we need this form of wisdom.
 
I am a poet in the world and a peace-making rebel and I have committed my life to resisting the war against the imagination. I’ll be hosting the third annual December 21 day writing challenge for those who want to end the year with poems and writing provocations that to embolden a solid creative practice.
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We begin Dec. 1 and conclude on the Solstice. 
 
Readings will include selections from Wislawa Szymborkska, Muriel Rukeyser, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Natasha Tretheway, and others who can help us through this period in American history. Enroll here.
“Art Is Food! Art Soothes Pain! Art Wakes Up Sleepers!”—Bread and Puppet Theater

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                                             Billboard by Jeremy Deller in Swansea, UK.

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