Read Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now Online Free - Poets on the march: 50 crucial poems written in response to the current political climate, selected and introduced by the Ohio Poet Laureate—and son of immigrants—Amit Majmudar.
In a political atmosphere where language and even meaning itself are continually under threat, poetry has a critical role to play. And our poets have been responding--in the streets and at their desks, demanding a full accounting from themselves and from their nation. Majmudar's elegant introduction to these vital poems reminds us that "false stories take a lot of killing because they are made of language. Because they are made of language, though, they can be killed." From Solmaz Sharif and Eileen Myles to Kevin Young and Juan Felipe Herrera, American poets of diverse styles and strategies have contributed their truths: scenes from the front lines of resistance, and from the interior of our collective conscience. A final cento by Majmudar—a poem including at least one line or phrase from each of the poems in the volume—celebrates the robust multiplicity of voices in this book and in America now.
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June 13, 2017
Look, there are a few good poems in this collection, particularly Pinsky's addition, and I agree with almost all of the poems included, at least philosophically. But there are too many bad poems, and too few female poets, and I just had to add another bad poem in response:
November 02, 2017
This anthology, edited by one of my favorite poets, is a powerful response to the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency as well as a virtual catalogue of important modern American poets. It's also a great answer to those who think political poetry can't be top-notch.
June 22, 2017
Amit Majmudar was one of a handful of poets whose work was selected by The New York Times during their contest for political poetry, in the wake of the election of the 45th President of the United States. This prompted a conversation with Majmudar's publisher, in which the idea for an anthology f...
June 08, 2017
I admire the concept and passion. And my hat's off to Amit Majmudar. I heard him speaking about this book on a podcast and had to buy it immediately. There are a few standout poems here. But not enough. The collection includes quite a few really long poems. I get bogged down in them, lose my way....
November 02, 2017
This is a very polarized collection. I either loved a poem or I hated it, but there was no in between.
December 15, 2017
A pocket full of moxie for your favorite lefty.
When the going gets tough, the poets write poetry. I mean, they write poetry all the time, but when the world is a complete and utter trash fire, poetry tends to kick it up a notch. This collection, which is literally small enough to tuck into your j...
September 17, 2017
I don't often read poetry cover to cover, but this little book got the full treatment. The editor submitted a work to Nick Kristoff of the NY Times as part of a call for resistance poetry. His work was chosen for the Times, and then his editor at Knopf asked him to put an anthology together.
September 25, 2017
It's hard to give a single review for the whole anthology. I generally enjoyed the ones that focused in on one perspective of injustice ("Interview with a Border Machine," "They Call Them Blue My Mind," "We've come a long way toward getting nowhere.") They felt true, complicated, I came out under...
January 24, 2018
I liked the idea of this anthology, and I liked a lot of the individual poems, but there were also a lot of really bad ones (very on-the-nose).
Highlights for me were the poems by Erica Dawson, Alex Dimitrov, Kay Ryan, Ada Limón, Solmaz Sharif, Rebecca Hazelton, Ilya Kaminsky, Maggie Smit...
September 17, 2017
given the theme (post-trump america) i expected many of the poems would be polemic, would sacrifice style. i was impressed by the opposite. (funny: the editor notes in the intro that no poets even submitted work that could be construed as conservative or pro-trump, even though they called for wor...