What poets can help us get through a Trump administration? Here are five that serve as signals that good exists, and that someone is awake and listening
Audre Lorde once wrote that poetry is not a luxury, and right now it is a necessity. What kind of poetry can get us through a Donald Trump presidency? Well need satire and spitting vitriol. Well need rallying cries. Well need reminders of human dignity.
Each poet here has struggled with the relationship between poetry and action, with the question of poetrys relevance in a time of crisis. Adrienne Rich said: A poem cant free us from the struggle for existence, but it can uncover desires and appetites buried under the accumulating emergencies of life. These are words carefully chosen not for solace but for strength, poems that dip into the reservoirs of literature to find fuel for the day ahead. They are, to borrow from WH Audens famous poem September 1, 1939, ironic points of light that flash out wherever the Just / exchange their messages. Poems that serve as signals through the ages that good exists, and that someone is awake and listening.