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Political Poetry

Poetry With A Purpose: A Review Of A Dan Vera's 'Speaking Wiri Wiri'

Michael Carosone | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

You can intellectualize a theory, not a poem. And I am not wasting my time and brain cells trying to decode your poems, trying to figure out what you are trying to write and communicate. Poetry does not belong to the elite; it belongs to everyone.

More Gay Pride! More Gay Friction!

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

It is that time of year again: June, when we celebrate gay pride. It is also that time of year when the gay media ask the stupid, meaningless questio...

The Real Romney: A Poem

Anis Shivani | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Anis Shivani

The Real Romney We won the lottery. Don't think this is normal. Don't think that your life will have the kind of plenty that ours has had. I sometim...

Count Me: An Ode to Liberty

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Left and Right and Right and Left / Have left America bereft / Of liberty, its founding light. / Christians, Liberals speak of peace / Until they hold the nation's leash, / And send its youth to fight.

God Give Us Men

Al Checchi | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

During these difficult times, as the holiday season approaches and we contemplate the forthcoming national elections, the words of Josiah Gilbert Holland penned over a century ago speak to our shared desires for able and worthy leadership.

Poetry and the National Defense

Kim Roberts | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Kim Roberts

Ten years after 9/11, Washington, D.C. still holds its defensive crouch. How could we help but find this subject creeping into our literature?

The Poetry Of Revolution

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

If you have any doubts as to the power of a great poet's witnessing, you need only look at the impact of Al-Shabi's century-old words on Tunisia, and on Egypt and beyond.

Poetry And Politics: What Role Should Poetry Play?

guardian.co.uk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last week's images of mounted policemen charging the protesters around Parliament Square evoked multiple memories: the poll tax riots in John Major's ...

Blowback

John O'Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John O'Kane

We owe the way we know the world to school-masters droning over the map of the day, blurbing stories of how empty space gets magically replaced wi...

If Bad Turns Worse -- a Rhyming Rant

Jim Parry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jim Parry

What if Goldman changes terms? / If "bad" turns worse, the nation squirms. / And what will new predictions do / To you and yours? Well, here's a clue:

"Effing Retards" -- a Rhyming Rant

Jim Parry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Parry

Obama joked that when Rahm lost His middle finger... what a cost: Young Rahm was briefly mute, done in! But... Rahm's other middle finger has Been l...

Paranoia Is Perennial -- a Poem

Jim Parry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Parry

"He's a Socialist Muslim / Born in Kenya! / He's a Communist Muslim!" / And then when ya / Think you've heard it all / Glenn Beck starts to scrawl

America's Most Prominent Emerging Poets Respond to the Obama Administration

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Rachel Zucker and Arielle Greenberg asked one hundred of the best-known emerging American poets to respond with a poem for each of Obama's first 100 days. The resulting anthology is very revealing.

Voices of Protest: The Iranian Word

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

There is an old saying in Persian, that every Iranian has written at least one line of poetry in their lifetime -- one can only imagine how many millions of lines have been written this summer alone.