Thursday, April 28, 2011


Carolyn Forche
Human Rights Activist and Poet

Her aesthetic is more one of rendered experience, and at times of mysticism
rather than one of ideology or agitprop. She is particularly interested in
the effect of political trauma on the poet's use of language.

Split This Rock's mission is to call poets to a greater role in public life and foster a national community of activist poets; to build the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation's capitol; and to celebrate poetic diversity
and the trans-formative power of the imagination. 
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Against Forgetting 
An Anthology by Carolyn Forche

 Was intended to collect the work of poets who had endured the impress of extremity during the twentieth century, whether through their engagements or force of circumstance.

Composed of the work of one hundred and forty-five poets writing in English and translated from over thirty languages, it  begins with the Armenian Genocide and ends with the uprising of the pro-Democracy movement at Tiananmen Square.

Although she was not guided in her selections by the political or ideological persuasions of the poets, Forché believes the sharing of painful experience to be radicalizing,
returning the poet to an emphasis on community rather than the individual ego.


Two more days of National Poetry Month

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