P&W: Poetic People Power →

It is especially palpable during the heat of an election year—and in a period of national reflection that has witnessed the Occupy protests, the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and ongoing economic and political unrest spreading far beyond U.S. borders—that a literature concerned with today’s realities is gaining new prominence. “Seems to me that the American poetry establishment is finally starting to look and sound like the American people, and therefore to tell the varied stories of our time,” says Sarah Browning, director of the biennial Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation and Witness, which was held March 22 to March 25 in Washington, D.C. “From my vantage point, we’re witnessing a true flowering of poetry of conscience by poets across the spectrum of demographics and poetic style.”

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