"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

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Monday Must Read! Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice

Planning to use this in my Intro to Poetry class this spring.

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resistancePoetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice
Edited by Francisco X. AlarcónOdilia Galván Rodríguez
University of Arizona Press 2016

On April 20, 2010, nine Latino students chained themselves to the main doors of the Arizona State Capitol in an act of civil disobedience to protest Arizona’s SB 1070. Moved by the students’ actions, that same day Francisco X. Alarcón responded by writing a poem in Spanish and English titled “Para Los Nueve del Capitolio/ For the Capitol Nine,” which he dedicated to the students. The students replied to the poem with a collective online message. To share with the world what was taking place, Alarcón then created a Facebook page called “Poets Responding to SB 1070” and posted the poem, launching a powerful and dynamic forum for social justice.

Since then, more than three thousand original contributions by poets and artists from around the globe have been posted to the page. Poetry of Resistance offers a selection of these works, addressing a wide variety of themes, including racial profiling, xenophobia, cultural misunderstanding, violence against refugees, shared identity, and much more. Contributors include distinguished poets such as Francisco Aragón, Devreaux Baker, Sarah Browning, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Susan Deer Cloud, Sharon Dubiago, Martín Espada, Genny Lim, Pam Uschuk, and Alma Luz Villanueva.

Bringing together more than eighty writers, the anthology powerfully articulates the need for change and the primacy of basic human rights. Each poem shows the heartfelt dedication these writers and artists have to justice in a world that has become larger than borders. Poetry of Resistance is a poetic call for tolerance, reflection, reconciliation, and healing.

Praise for Poetry of Resistance

Poetry of Resistance is a timely response (via verse) to the current political climate of Arizona, though what the book ultimately argues is that these injustices have always been taking place—SB 1070 is simply its most recent manifestation. —Rigoberto González, author of Our Lady of

Alarcón and co-editor the eco-poet and activist Odilia Galván Rodríguez selected the strongest work from the hundreds of entries to shape this anthology whose communal message—a plea for social change—will remain timeless and resonant.–NBC News

Buy Poetry of Resistance here!

http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2590.htm

Monday Must Read! Pam Uschuk, Crazy Love and Blood Flower

 

Monday Must Read! Pam Uschuk

pam publicity photoThis week meet Pam Uschuk. Political activist and wilderness advocate, Pam Uschuk has howled out six books of poems, including Crazy Love, winner of a 2010 American Book Award, and Wild In The Plaza Of Memory. A new collection of poems, Blood Flower, was released in February 2015.

Translated into more than dozen languages, Pam’s work appears in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Agni Review, etc. Uschuk has been awarded the 2011 War Poetry Prize from WINNING WRITERS, 2010 New Millenium Poetry Prize, 2010 Best of the Web, the Struga International Poetry Prize (for a theme poem), the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, the King’s English Poetry Prize and prizes from Ascent, Iris, and Amnesty International.

Editor-In-Chief of Cutthroat, A Journal Of The Arts, Uschuk lives in Bayfield, Colorado. Uschuk is often a featured writer at the Prague Summer Programs, teaches occasional workshops for the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, and was the 2011 John C. Hodges Visiting Writer at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She’s working on a multi-genre book called The Book of Healers Healing: An Odyssey Through Ovarian Cancer.

Buy Pam’s Beautiful Books!

Blood Flower: http://wingspress.com/book.cfm?book_ID=193

Crazy Love: http://www.wingspress.com/book.cfm?book_ID=104

Wild in the Plaza of Memory: http://www.wingspress.com/book.cfm?book_ID=141

More of Pam’s books here!

http://www.wingspress.com/author.cfm?author_ID=24

Read More from Pam online:

http://www.coloradopoetscenter.org/poets/uschuk_pamela/

http://www.thedrunkenboat.com/uschuk.html

http://www.terrain.org/poetry/24/uschuk.htm

Hear Pam Read: https://vimeo.com/74141138

Praise for Pam’s Work!

Like Lorca, Uschuk is a poet of the duende, that mystical Spanish conception; she views the poem as a vehicle for fierce engagement with the body and its social realities, often with a metaphysical awareness that transcends and extends the corporeal into the natural world. Working a poetics rare for a North American writer, Uschuk has crafted a poetry equally steeped in nature and political resistance. This is an ecological poetics of engagement, a mythic poetry—part Lorca, part Rachel Carson.”–Sean Thomas Dougherty, RAIN TAXI, 2012

American Book Award–winner Uschuk’s new collection of meditative, delectably powerful poems offers a steady and generous solace that serves as a platform for thought-provoking glimpses into spirit, family, and feeling. She has written of a tethered reality, commonplace secrets, and emotional rescue. And she is political. Among the more than 40 poems, “Red Menace” (“After all of these years / it’s clear what it was / those teachers couldn’t name— / not just the consonants but the roots, / the skin drums”) and “Black Swan” (“Grandfather, what purpose can you discern / now your entitled eyes are soil, / your heart going to anthracite?”) are standouts. In the same vein as her contemporaries Patricia Smith and Joy Harjo, Uschuk is strong in metaphor, urgent in language, and powerful in vivisection.” — Mark Eleveld

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