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Poetry and Politics

Three Books of Poems You Should Have Read in 2014

Dean Rader | Posted 03.30.2015 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

However, my focus is not on any of these collections, but rather on three recent books by Bay Area Poets that not only deserve to be part of this larger literary conversation but are among the best books of 2014. If you missed them last year, I have good news--2015 is young.

Uttering the Holy: On Poetry and Politics

Dean Rader | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Dean Rader

To be sure, we are at a crossroads. Poets and audiences need each other. As a member of both groups, I am ready to rise to the occasion.

What Poetry Can Do: Brenda Hillman & Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Dean Rader | Posted 02.09.2014 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

Will these books affect public policy? Will either poet be invited on The Daily Show? Will either book become a talking point on Daily Kos? Probably not. But, that's okay. There are any number of ways to change the world.

Changing Politics One Poem at a Time

Carolyn Ziel | Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Ziel

It's apparent, after this election, that politics is in need of soul reviving as well. I'm proposing that poetry might just be the medicine to repair its failing spirit.

Politics And Poetry: Do They Really Ever Meet In America?

Dean Rader | Posted 02.19.2012 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

For Pablo Neruda in Chile in the 1930s, a poem was a more powerful vehicle than a newspaper, but in America in 2011, a prose piece in the Times gives not only a wider audience but a level of credibility a poem might not.