Poets will hold readings in 32 states to protest Trump inauguration

Poets will hold readings in 32 states to protest Trump inauguration
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[Ed. – All these artistic types have turned out to be the most hidebound, conventional, tail-between-the-legs-terrified people on the planet.  Not a one of them has done anything but grouse and throw hissy fits in the face of actual unorthodoxy.]

America’s leading poets are averse to Donald Trump, and they’re not about to go gentle into that good night.

Poetry slams and other literary events are being organized nationwide in the run-up to the President-elect’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

Some, like this weekend’s “Writers Resist” rallies in New York, Boston and 90 other U.S. cities, are overtly in protest. Others are merely an attempt to find a little solace and beauty in verse. …

The lead event in the series sponsored by the writers’ group PEN America will be staged on the steps of the New York Public Library and feature former U.S. poet laureates Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove.

Pinsky, a professor of English and creative writing at Boston University, told The Associated Press he’ll recite a new poem he wrote for the occasion that will invoke the celebrated black poet Gwendolyn Brooks, Walt Whitman and others who waxed lyrical about American democratic ideals.

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