Poetry of Political Engagement
Why did Plato want poets banished from his republic? Perhaps because of the power of poetry to incite the human spirit and challenge systems of social control. This workshop will help students explore different poetics of political engagement and generate their own, searching for ways to wake readers up to the sometimes invisible realities of injustice. We’ll read poems and essays by Dennis Brutus, Alice Notley, Muriel Rukeyser, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Shane McCrae, Pablo Neruda, Adrienne Rich, CA Conrad, Joyelle McSweeney, Ben Fama and Andrew Durbin.
Monica McClure‘s debut collection, Tender Data, will be published by Birds, LLC in 2015. She is the author of the chapbooks Mood Swing, published by Snacks Press in 2013, and Mala, forthcoming from Poor Claudia. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Los Angeles Review, Lit Review, Lambda Literary Review’s Spotlight Series, The Awl, Spork Press and elsewhere. She studied fiction, poetry, art history and literary theory at DePauw University and earned her MFA in poetry from New York University. With Brenda Shaughnessy, she is currently editing the anthology Both and Neither: Biracial American Writers. She curates the Atlas Reading Series, a collaboration series of visual artists and poets, and helps edit The Atlas Review. She lives in Crown Heights.