Poems For Political Disaster


“In time of crisis, we summon up our strength,” wrote poet Muriel Rukeyser. This collection gathers poems―from the eve of the twenty-first century to the month following Trump’s election―to mark a moment of political rupture, summoning the collective strength found in the languages of resistance and memory, subversion and declamation, struggle and hope. Poetry is a counterforce. We offer these poems to readers as Rukeyser did―”not walls, but human things, human faces.”

Timothy Donnelly is Poetry Editor at Boston Review and Assistant Professor at Columbia University. His poems have appeared in Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Verse, Volt and elsewhere.

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