09:58 amWaikanae Baptist Church
Te Moana Road
Good political poems are nearly as hard to write as a love poem, but passion fuels them both. An increasing disparity between rich and poor, revived racist agendas, a re-definition of torture, seemingly ineradicable war, violence toward immigrants and a discounting of art and culture has created a need for poets to speak out. We’ll look at a selection of poetry from Shelley to Lola Ridge, Adrienne Rich to Tusiata Avia to LaTasha Nevada Diggs, in English and in translation, to discover what makes a political poem powerful. We’ll also discuss the difference between sympathetic voyeurism and empathy with regard to situations far from our doors. Most importantly, we’ll talk about silence and self-censorship, their devastating effects on the integrity of art. Participants will write new material from exercises and we’ll discuss the results. Limited to 12 participants. To reserve your space contact Kirsten Le Harivel at email@example.com.