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October 15, 2008


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Thanks for this very interesting post. I teach a class on "Art as Activism," in which we discuss just this very thing. I take Carolyn Forche's view -- that there is nothing about the political that excludes it from being an appropriate topic for poetry, and that perhaps the term for such work should be "social" - the place where the political and the personal intersect.

Great post. Such a sticky subject. Politics is just so often so boring and bad, and poetry so often conceived as the opposite thereof.

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as I enter
in the dark

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