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.”

More through the link.

plannedparenthood

Planned Parenthood is on Tumblr!

plannedparenthood:

Planned Parenthood is excited to be launching our new Tumblr that’s all about sexual and reproductive health – bodies, birth control, relationship issues, “is it normal for this to do this?” type things. In the coming weeks and months we’ll be sharing what we know, answering questions, and just… tumblring. 

We hope you like it! And we hope it helps.

Off-topic: This is important and you should know about it. Support Planned Parenthood whenever possible.

barackobama

Another interruption in our usual literary broadcast:

barackobama:

“While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

- The White House, responding this morning to a petition on SOPA and online piracy

Yes.

And now back to original programming.

labocat

labocat:

Taken from the Honest Girl Scouts campaign. For a campaign trying to get people /not/ to buy cookies and /not/ support the GSUSA, this is doing an awful lot to suddenly make me want /to/ support the GSUSA. (and I’m saying this a a former Girl Scout of about 6 years who hasn’t bought cookies in years because they’re too expensive). 

I see so much acceptance here, and especially in a time in children’s lives where acceptance is so important, taking that away from them is just cruel.

This message interrupts our usual literary broadcast to tell you: buy Girl Scout cookies.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled posts.