Portfolio of Hope

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Political Poetry:

Occupying a space of unregulated voice,

asking permission from no one-

A poem is an utterly free space for language-

an expression of freedom,

a form of resistance,

having been used as such [resistance] for decades.

By protesting the status quo and undermining established values and ideals so as to prompt resistance and change, the idea of poetry being political is widespread.

But, what exactly does this- ‘political poetry’- actually mean?…

First, let’s consider what ‘politics’ mean…

‘The activities of the people who try to influence the way a country is governed’/

‘the relationships within a group or organisation that allow particular people to have power over others.’

Political poetry’ then, is poetry that is related to social justice,

(or rather, social injustice)…

Through the written word, we are able to evoke our, sometimes subconscious, feelings of social injustice, as we demonstrate our shared humanity,

the collective experience of what it means to be alive in all its glory

(and gory),

proving that we are not alone in our experiences,

as we communicate pain

and struggle

and, perhaps most importantly, truth.

‘Attempting to write the tears of the world into poems, poems that speak of injustice, oppression and tragedy.’

Truth speaking

and consciousness raising,

with the ability to expose the deepest and most inaccessible realities of the individual human experience,

a poet’s job is to look closely,

and to keep looking closely,

bringing news of that looking to the page and to readers.

Poetry is hope. Poetry is proof we sing on.

People turn to poetry in times of crisis as, like all art, it provides us with ways to connect to each other and to figure out what the hell is going on/

to find

(or make)


And so, notebook and pen in hand,

we sing

(well, write)


political poetry

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