Alec Nevala-Lee

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Some of us are increasingly concerned about the level of ritual asset accorded to our poetic language—”assent without credence,” as a friend once defined it, to my own relief; about the frustration of being listened to, written about, objectified, perhaps, but not heard—at least not in any sense of hearing which might bear on action…It’s not that I believe in a direct line of response, from a poem to an action; I’m not convinced that such a connection would be desirable or that the poet necessarily knows what action is needed. In fact, it may be action that leads to poetry, the deed to the word, when the poet identifies with others like and unlike herself who are trying to transform an oppressive order.

Adrienne Rich, Blood, Bread, and Poetry

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October 10, 2017 at 7:30 am

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Audre Lorde

I could name at least ten ideas I would once have found intolerable or incomprehensible and frightening, except as they came after dreams and poems…And where that language does not yet exist, it is our poetry which helps to fashion it. Poetry is not only dream or vision, it is the skeleton architecture of our lives.

Audre Lorde, “Poetry is Not a Luxury”

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July 7, 2016 at 7:30 am

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