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Poets against the war (edición 2003)

por Sam Hamill (Editor), Sally Anderson

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Over 150 new poems on war in general, the war with Iraq specifically, and the George W. Bush administration. Led by poet Sam Hamill, February 12, 2003 became a day of Poetry Against the War conducted as a reading at the White House gates in addition to over 160 public readings in many different countries and almost all of the 50 states. Since then, over 9,000 poets have joined this grassroots peace movement by submitting poems and statements to Poetsagainstthewar.org, registering their opposition to the Bush administration's headlong plunge toward war in Iraq. Poets Against the War features a selection of the best poems that were submitted to the website. Contributors include: Adrienne Rich, W.S. Merwin, Galway Kinnell, Robert Bly, Marilyn Hacker, Grace Schulman, Shirley Kaufman, Wanda Coleman, Yusef Komunyakaa, Hayden Carruth, Jane Hirshfield, Tess Gallagher, Sandra Cisneros, former Poet Laureate Rita Dove, and many others.… (más)
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Título:Poets against the war
Autores:Sam Hamill
Otros autores:Sally Anderson
Info:New York : Thunder's Mouth Press/Nation Books ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2003.
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This collection was especially depressing because the war isn't over; the poems are still relevant today, ten years after this book was published. However, it does remind the reader of the power of poetry: the lines make you think and feel differently--perhaps more deeply--than prose. Overall, an incredible collection of poets and poems including some of my heroes and some people I've shared the page with in the past. ( )
  Marjorie_Jensen | Nov 12, 2015 |
This book made me cry on the city bus as I rode in to work. This book inspired me to begin a poetry reading series. This book, at turns, left me inspired, heartbroken, melting, angry, satisfied, learned, ready to fight, and hopeful. This book is worth reading for anyone who cares about the diversity of voices in and around America, for anyone who reads poetry, for anyone who writes poetry, for anyone who thinks poetry is outdated, crestfallen, or not enough.

In 2003, First Lady Laura Bush planned to host a White House Symposium on "Poetry and the American Voice", and she invited a number of poets to speak to "the voice" of American poetry. Poets declined, protesting the White House's actions in their rejection of the invitation, and Laura Bush cancelled the symposium. Her spokeswoman said, "While Mrs. Bush respects the right of all Americans to express their opinions, she, too, has opinions and believes it would be inappropriate to turn a literary event into a political forum." Sam Hamill was one of the poets invited to speak, and he declined. "Having only recently read George Bush's proposed 'Shock and Awe' attack plan for Iraq, which called for saturation bombing", his response was to instead address a letter to "Friends and Fellow Poets", asking for poems or statements of conscience. Over 13,000 poems were sent. This anthology appeared in the place of Laura Bush's symposium, and still stands as well worth the reading, returning to, and sharing.

One of the beauties of this anthology is that well-known poets (among them, notably, are Adrienne Rich, Hayden Carruth, Robert Bly, W. S. Merwin, Rita Dove, and Jane Hirshfield) appear alongside unknown names, some of them children. In this collection, the simple joins forces with the heavily allusioned and political, the documentary with the lyrical, the heartbroken with the angry, the young with the old, and the historical with the new. The juxtaposition of voices is not only powerful, but necessary and remarkable. In some cases, the poems were written in response to Hamill's call for poems, and in other cases, poems were written years before by veterans of WWII and the Vietnam War--and yet, they speak to the historical moment of this book, and to the respective quests for peace and war that are seemingly unending.

Simply, this book is both inflammatory and necessary, and it is worth reading and sharing. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Jan 18, 2008 |
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Over 150 new poems on war in general, the war with Iraq specifically, and the George W. Bush administration. Led by poet Sam Hamill, February 12, 2003 became a day of Poetry Against the War conducted as a reading at the White House gates in addition to over 160 public readings in many different countries and almost all of the 50 states. Since then, over 9,000 poets have joined this grassroots peace movement by submitting poems and statements to Poetsagainstthewar.org, registering their opposition to the Bush administration's headlong plunge toward war in Iraq. Poets Against the War features a selection of the best poems that were submitted to the website. Contributors include: Adrienne Rich, W.S. Merwin, Galway Kinnell, Robert Bly, Marilyn Hacker, Grace Schulman, Shirley Kaufman, Wanda Coleman, Yusef Komunyakaa, Hayden Carruth, Jane Hirshfield, Tess Gallagher, Sandra Cisneros, former Poet Laureate Rita Dove, and many others.

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