“we can’t build a wall. we can only spout pure water again and again and drown his lies.” –Eileen Myles
RESIST MUCH/OBEY LITTLE: Poems to the Resistance, Dispatch Editions 2017.
Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson brought together eighteen editors from diverse aesthetic and cultural backgrounds to solicit and curate the work of more than 350 poets in roughly two months. Boughn and Johnson note in their introduction essay “Poetry and Resistance,” the book “is first and foremost a collective, insurgent call that is part and parcel of a sovereign people’s challenge to a narcissistic oligarch and his lackeys, who smirk now from their temporary perches of power. Its pages are bound in direct, literal ways, to the historic worldwide marches of January 22nd—and they stand as evidence that the vast majority of American poets (and artists and writers of all kind) revile the new reactionary dispensation.”
I contributed two poems to Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance:
“Nobly Obstinate” after William Wordsworth
“#Sanctuary,” originally published January 11, 2017 in The Rumpus Inaugural Poems
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“Poets are summoned to a stronger imagination of language and humanity in a time of new and radical Weathers. White House Inc. is the last gasp of the dying Confederacy. Open the book of love and resistance. Don’t tarry!” –-Anne Waldman