Some Observations on Power and Poetry

My essay “Some Observations on Power and Poetry” was just published in EVENING WILL COME: A MONTHLY JOURNAL OF POETICS 65 (April 2017), which is a special issue on “POWER AND|OF|IN POETRY” curated by the always dynamic Evie Shockley. My piece reflects upon the relationship between power and poetry in poems from the 1970s by Raúl Zurita, Audre Lorde, and Juan Luis Martínez.

Other contributors to this issue include Cameron Awkward–Rich, Lillian–Yvonne Bertram, Jaswinder Bolina, Amy Sara Carroll, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Tafisha A. Edwards, Paolo Javier, Becca Klaver, Dawn Lundy Martin, Philip Metres, Saretta Morgan, Urayoán Noel, Metta Sáma, and Stacy Szymaszek.

As Shockley says in her introduction, “Knowledge is power, and ignorance is a privilege you pay for in units of power. Those of us who have less power can less afford not to know what composes, drives, and circumscribes our worlds. In these pieces, you will find a great deal of different kinds of knowledge radiating in small but potent doses. Get in there, and come out s/w/inging . . . .”

~ by Michael Leong on April 2, 2017.

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