A poem in remembrance of the great Nelson Mandela.
Tests conclude the famed Chilean poet was not assassinated, as some feared.
How he left no bloody fingerprints in a bookstore.
It is an occasion for remembrance, reflection and deep regret.
What moved me beyond the appropriate and the poetic was Blanco’s insertion of the personal.
My guest this week is the poet Frank X. Walker, author of "Isaac Murphy,” “Buffalo Dance," and the new and fantastic “Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers.”
How Auden, Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Wendell Berry, Martín Espada, Irena Klepfisz, Marilyn Hacker, and Marge Piercy show us how to move the rock of history.
My guest this week is Brian Gilmore, a public interest lawyer and poet who teaches at Michigan State Law School.
Grass’s words are not the words of an anti-Semite. They are the words of a man of conscience and a man of peace, daring to speak out even as he knows the slurs are coming.
Reading Rich’s words would be the catalytic event that moved my writing closer to what I wanted to write: a book in which my name, my experience, did appear.
The progressive movement will miss her leadership. America will miss her stalwart conscience.
‘I happen to think poetry makes a huge difference.’
By Martín Espada
Not long ago, I read an article by Matt Rothschild on The Progressive website called, "Banned in Tucson." This was the first time I had seen the actual reading list of the forbidden Mexican-American Studies Department.
One of my own books, Zapata's Disciple: Essays (South End Press, 1998), is on the list. Indeed, this book has been banned before—by the Texas state penal system, on the grounds that it might incite the inmates to riot.