Further thoughts on the cultural labor of poetry and art. Not merely "is it good?," but "what has it accomplished?"...reviews of recent poetry collections; selected poems and art dealing with war/peace/social change; reviews of poetry readings; links to political commentary (particularly on conflicts in the Middle East); youtubed performances of music, demos, and other audio-video nuggets dealing with peaceful change, dissent and resistance.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Poetry and Human Rights/A Web Resource
Check out this site, that attempts to dovetail the study of human rights with the cultural work of poetry. In one section, called "Crimes Against Humanity," you'll find an examination of poems by W.H. Auden, Louis Johnson, Evangeline Patterson, and Douglass Dunn, with ample notes and commentary. Though the focus of poetry is Anglocentric (basically English poets are represented), you will find a good place to begin working through the ways in which poets have contributed to a discussion of human rights.
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