Cry Out: Poets Protest the War

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Those who practice "the miraculous art of stitching words into a web" have "not merely the right but the duty to protest and dissent."—Edward MorrowOn February 16, 2003, eleven contemporary poets held a reading in Manchester, Vermont, called "A Poetry Reading in Honor of the Right to Protest as a Patriotic and Historical Tradition." The reading was sponsored by the Northshire Bookstore and drew a crowd of more than six hundred people. Cry Out: Poets Protest the War gathers together the poems read by the ...
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Those who practice "the miraculous art of stitching words into a web" have "not merely the right but the duty to protest and dissent."—Edward MorrowOn February 16, 2003, eleven contemporary poets held a reading in Manchester, Vermont, called "A Poetry Reading in Honor of the Right to Protest as a Patriotic and Historical Tradition." The reading was sponsored by the Northshire Bookstore and drew a crowd of more than six hundred people. Cry Out: Poets Protest the War gathers together the poems read by the participants, many original poems and others poems by such renowned poets as Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, and Walt Whitman. Among the poets present at the reading were Julia Alvarez, Donald Hall, Jamaica Kincaid, Galway Kinnell, William O'Daly, Grace Paley, Jay Parini, and Ruth Stone. Celebrating poetry's vital and historic role as a means of peaceful protest, these poems remind us, as Jay Parini observed, that although it might take time, "the language of poetry seeps through." And that this language has the potential to redirect the fate of nations.
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Editorial Reviews

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On February 16, 2003, the day Laura Bush had invited poets to attend the (subsequently canceled) White House event honoring Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes, poets gathered across the country for impromptu readings to protest the coming war. In Manchester, VT, 750 people came to hear 11 poets (including Grace Paley, Donald Hall, Ruth Stone, Galway Kinnell, and Julia Alvarez). The poets' own poems are interspersed with those of others, past and present, including poems written by the very poets Mrs. Bush thought to celebrate safely. This volume is the transcript of that reading, including not only the poems but the opening remarks and the commentary between poems. "We must never allow people like [Mrs. Bush] to take [dead poets] again. The next time you are asked by people in power to come and discuss great literature, you must tell them no," Jamaica Kincaid tells the audience. Several other volumes of protest poetry have been hastily drawn together over the past few months, but few have the sense of immediacy captured here.-Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807615218
  • Publisher: Braziller, George Inc
  • Publication date: 5/19/2003
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 10
Introduction & Thanks 12
The Event: Introductory Remarks 13
#288 17
Lesson 19
Eden, Then and Now 21
Mantra 23
Three Small Oranges 25
Reconciliation 27
A Farm Picture 29
1943 31
Proud Music of the Storm 33
A Wake on Lake Champlain 41
Harlem (A Dream Deferred) 42
International Call 43
The Alien 45
The Skunk Moths 47
To the States 49
To the States, to Identify ... 51
#435 53
Poem of the Propositions of Nakedness 55
I Explain a Few Things 57
The Olive Woodfire 61
Land of Absence 63
Gautama Christ 66
To the Forty-third President of the United States of America 69
A Little Story About An Ancient Chinese Emperor 73
Easy as Pie 74
No Escape 75
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd 76
How Few of Us Are Left, How Few! 77
Mother in Wartime 78
Peace 79
Official Notice 80
What Issa Heard 81
Message From Hopi Elders 83
I, Too 85
The White House Has Disinvited the Poets 87
"Poetry Makes Nothing Happen"? 89
Song of Myself 91
I Hear It Was Charged Against Me 92
Good Morning 93
Connections: Vermont Vietnam 95
Fathers 97
#560 99
Of Being Numerous 101
Jack and The Bean Stalk 105
Fore Fathers 107
In Time Of War 109
After the Terror 111
Closing Comments 113
Biographies 115
Acknowledgements 119
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    Buy & Send to Each of Your Congressmen

    This slim volume is eloquent testimonial to the flame of integrity and goodness that burns in the heart of our culture--a flame that seems to be both absent and ignored in the halls of Congress, where legislators today jockey for sexual or financial favors while the world is jeopardized from global warming, the incursions of terrorists, and bombs falling in places where words should fall instead: 'Poetry really does matter,' writes Jay Parini, 'and it matters most in these times of peril. As Auden said, 'All i have is a voice to undo the folded lie.' And that's what we're working for, we're working to undo that folded lie. Whether it is one of Ruth Stone's Mantras, Pablo Neruda's 'Gautama Christ,' or 'Message from the Hopi Leaders,' these are poems that proclaim, 'All we are saying is give peace a chance.'

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