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Virtually everybody who reads poetry nowadays is undoubtedly aware of a vast—and relatively new—sub-category that has become just about unstoppable over the past few decades: the poetry of resistance— i.e. of protest, indignation, persuasion, or whatever synonym you might use to describe it.
Most of us know, of course, that such poems are not likely to be mild-mannered meditations. On the contrary, the language and the tone are likely be volatile, single-minded, opinionated, or all of the above. Moreover, when they are done well, the effect can be devastating. Think, for instance, of “I, Too” by Langston Hughes, or “The Hand that Signed the Paper” by Dylan Thomas. Or a whole raft of poems by Nikki Giovanni, Amanda Gorman, Jericho Brown, Carolyn Forché, Adrienne Rich, Marilyn Nelson, Philip Levine, Sonia Sanchez, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joy Harjo, many, many others. But far too often, a poem of protest will totally bomb, missing its intended mark entirely.
Why is this the case? This poetry workshop will offer valuable tips to help you avoid the potholes, sand traps and bottomless pits that could stand in your poem’s— way. And even though W. S. Auden might have claimed that Poetry makes nothing happen, if it’s well done, poetry can do a great deal to show that something very definitely should happen. And that, fellow poets, is more than half the battle. Hope you will consider enlisting!
Marilyn L. Taylor, Ph.D., former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee, is the author of eight poetry collections. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Able Muse, Measure, Light and Raintree Review, among many other journals and anthologies. She was recently awarded the Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for verse in forms and was a finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet award, the X.J. Kennedy Parody Contest and the 2017 Lascaux Review prize. She also edited the recent anthology titled Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle (Kelsay Books, 2018). Taylor currently serves on the editorial staffs of Verse-Virtual and Third Wednesday poetry journals.