Poetry Magazine Presents Poems of Provocation and Witness
CHICAGO — The March 2014 issue of Poetry, available online today, presents 24 poems from 16 poets addressing history, society and current events, in a portfolio coedited with Split This Rock, an organization that fosters a national network of socially engaged poets.
“Poetry can tell the true American story,” says Split This Rock executive director Sarah Browning. “We chose these writers from an ever-growing list of poets of provocation and witness whom we wildly admire. Surely we are living in a golden age of American poetry. And at its glittering center, leading the way, are poets of conscience such as those gathered here.”
Joy Harjo, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dunya Mikhail and Anne Waldman are among the poets included in this special portfolio.
The magazine’s prose section features philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek and PBS NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown in the 12th installment of “The View from Here,” an occasional series in which people from various fields comment on their experience of poetry. Plus, National Book Award winner Nikky Finney considers James Baldwin’s contributions to poetry.
About Poetry Magazine
Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume 1 of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every major contemporary poet.
About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit poetryfoundation.org.
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