Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now by Amit Majmudar

Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now

Poets on the march: 50 crucial poems written in response to the current political climate, selected and introduced by the Ohio Poet Laureate--and son of immigrants--Amit Majmudar. In a political atmosphere where language and even meaning itself are continually under threat, poetry has a critical role to play. And our poets have been responding--in the streets and at their...

Title:Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now
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ISBN:1524711322
Edition Language:English

Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now Reviews

  • Kurt Kemmerer

    Look, there are a few good poems in this collection, particularly Pinsky's addition, and I agree with almost all of the poems included, at least philosophically. But there are too many bad poems, and too few female poets, and I just had to add another bad poem in response:

    Unsolicited Advice

    A poem about the current political

    situation

    should not utilize the words

    situation and

    utilize.

    (No one is exempt, here.)

    Nowhere in such a poem

    should one find the colors

    orange and bronze.

    Nor should the poem claim

    Look, there are a few good poems in this collection, particularly Pinsky's addition, and I agree with almost all of the poems included, at least philosophically. But there are too many bad poems, and too few female poets, and I just had to add another bad poem in response:

    Unsolicited Advice

    A poem about the current political

    situation

    should not utilize the words

    situation and

    utilize.

    (No one is exempt, here.)

    Nowhere in such a poem

    should one find the colors

    orange and bronze.

    Nor should the poem claim

    its author's vote

    Never Counts.

    Please, no poems about

    big hats and high noon.

    And for the sake of all verse,

    no such poem should examine

    the evils

    of bottled water.

    "Alt-right" is not a poetic direction.

    "Blowhard" is for blowhards.

    Robert Pinsky knows.

    You have not wasted your life,

    just my time

    spent reading your poem,

    oh, and James Wright's poems

    were good.

    I apologize.

  • Antonia

    I admire the concept and passion. And my hat's off to Amit Majmudar. I heard him speaking about this book on a podcast and had to buy it immediately. There are a few standout poems here. But not enough. The collection includes quite a few really long poems. I get bogged down in them, lose my way. (This is probably more my failing than that of the poets.) They don't seem to me to have as much power as some of the shorter ones. My dave was "Killing Methods" by Ada Limón, which concludes:

    I don't k

    I admire the concept and passion. And my hat's off to Amit Majmudar. I heard him speaking about this book on a podcast and had to buy it immediately. There are a few standout poems here. But not enough. The collection includes quite a few really long poems. I get bogged down in them, lose my way. (This is probably more my failing than that of the poets.) They don't seem to me to have as much power as some of the shorter ones. My dave was "Killing Methods" by Ada Limón, which concludes:

    I don't know how to hold this truth,

    so I kill it, pin its terrible wings down

    in case, later, no one believes me.

  • Deena

    Not all of the poems are brilliant, but all of them are necessary. Some are incandescent.

  • Ally

    Amit Majmudar was one of a handful of poets whose work was selected by The New York Times during their contest for political poetry, in the wake of the election of the 45th President of the United States. This prompted a conversation with Majmudar's publisher, in which the idea for an anthology for political poetry was decided upon. Enter RESISTANCE, REBELLION LIFE: 50 POEMS NOW. This collection of political poems, each penned by a different author, takes on all kinds of themes. There's outrage,

    Amit Majmudar was one of a handful of poets whose work was selected by The New York Times during their contest for political poetry, in the wake of the election of the 45th President of the United States. This prompted a conversation with Majmudar's publisher, in which the idea for an anthology for political poetry was decided upon. Enter RESISTANCE, REBELLION LIFE: 50 POEMS NOW. This collection of political poems, each penned by a different author, takes on all kinds of themes. There's outrage, shock, and disbelief about the results of the election, for sure, but the targeting of minorities, fear about the negative social/political/environmental changes, imaginings of what everyday experiences may be like, and seeking connection in a country where it seems that rifts and divides are insurmountable. My favorite poem is by Kay Ryan, called "The Elephant in the Room" -

    The room is

    almost all

    elephant.

    Almost none

    of it isn't.

    Pretty much solid elephant.

    So there's no room to talk

    about it.

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