It comes as no shock that when there is unrest in the world, the art community explodes. Painters, sculptures, writers, street artists, musicians, dancers, and the guy who dumpster dives for inspiration create with the intention of saying something. And poets, always poets, have the most to say.
Mario Cuomo said it best, “You campaign in poetry; you govern in prose.”
Poets have an uncanny way of stirring the sh*t, so to speak. Through truths, satire, and flat out lies, poets are able to expose the ugliest and most beautiful aspects of life. Even Plato saw the power they wield in words; he wanted to banish poets from his Republic because they can make lies seem like truth.
Remember in Bruce Almighty when Jim Carrey’s character obtains the power of God? He opens a file drawer of prayers and is flung to the other side of the warehouse. Imagine, instead of prayers, the file drawer is full of poems. After reading them all, one would have insight into every bit of humanity. Collectively, poets say it all.
Following the 2016 election, it’s no surprise that poets hit the ground running, or rather, the paper scribbling. And in a time where words have lost meaning and alternative facts rule the nation, who better to expose absurdity than the wordsmiths themselves?
Here are a handful of poets devoting their pens to throwing massive shade at Trump and his administration.
In mockery, cynicism, anger, and mourning, and though written under and to the Obama administration, Parker penned the poem, “The President Has Never Said the Word Black.” It hits just as hard today.
To the extent that one begins
to wonder if he is broken.
The president be like
we lost a young boy today. Continue reading
A Ku Klux Klan rally in Charlottesville, Virginia brought upwards of 50 members and supporters to the streets on Saturday, but they did not receive the reception they were hoping for. According to city spokeswoman Miriam Dickler, the KKK marched straight into a wall of 1000 counterprotesters.
Despite the presence of a heavily-armed police escort, the Black Lives Matter movement and Antifa challenged the North Carolina-based Loyal White Nights of the Ku Klux Klan, who rolled into town with robes and loaded weapons–allowed under Virginia’s open-carry law. The city’s mayor urged residents to ignore the racist group, whose stated objective was to protest the removal of a General Robert E. Lee statue from a local park.
Let’s call it out now: bull-f*cking-shit. The KKK is not a historical preservation society; they are a white supremacy preservation society. And this “rally” was an opportunity to flex muscle against the backdrop of an administration that has proven time and time again it won’t stand in the way of hatred, bigotry, and racism.
With taxpayer-funded protection, the KKK weaved through the shouting crowd to their designated location: Justice Park. Or, the park formerly named after Confederate general Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson. Chants of “white power” were drowned out by “racists go home,” and signs saying “You Will Not Go Unchallenged” pushed against every offensive. It took all but 40 minutes for the KKK to withdraw from the march.
State police–failing to lead Klan members through the crowd back to their cars–declared the gathering an unlawful assembly and escalated defensive measures. According to Dickler, officers in riot gear donned gas masks, set off three canisters of tear gas, and made approximately 23 arrests.
Pause for a moment and let this sink in: In 2017, the KKK gets a police escort while peaceful protestors get tear gas. Are we making America great again, yet?
— Lacy MacAuley (@lacymacauley) July 8, 2017