Young Poets Bare All: What Is a Culture? @ Poetry Foundation

diane di prima amiri baraka leroi jonesI was lucky to curate this feature with THESE YOUNG POETS and THEIR BRILLIANCE:

All reading is blood.”

Carrie Lorig

“On the one hand, we can continue to throw our bodies at police barricades, which we’ve done. Maybe change can be achieved that way. The biggest on-the-ground protest in allof human history, 2/15/03, wasn’t sufficient to stop the invasion of Iraq, however. Of all the social justice and protest movements out there these days, the gay rights movement has probably achieved the most conspicuous successes of late, but those successes weren’t only achieved by bodies in the streets. Two decades worth of literature and other media changed the mood, the attitude, the general public’s disposition towards gay rights. That and some landmark court cases argued and won by some of the most strategic and committed lawyers of our time. No one knows what exactly will produce social change until like a messianic force it arrives one day. Who said poems were enough? Who said they weren’t?”

Justine El-Khazen Mackie

“It seems that too many MFA and even BA programs are too focused on the same set of authors that felt so important in the second half of the last century. We need to start being more inclusive of newer writers and newer approaches. We need to find new aesthetics to pass on to the next generation while opening ourselves up to the ideas of today’s poets. We need to push ourselves past any point of stagnation. We need constant innovation. Also, I would like to see more emphasis on international poets and oral poetry.”

Kenyatta Jean-Paul Garcia

CON’T @ Poetry Foundation 

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Posted in Featured Blogger on Friday, August 28th, 2015 by Amy King.


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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

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