Ruth Jennison | “A Whole New Set of Stars”: Poetics and Revolutionary Consciousness

  Current political conditions and conjunctures are making possible a serious reconsideration of the histories, forms, and political urgencies of twentieth and twenty-first century, left anti-capitalist poetry. The end of the Cold War has been registered in transformations of poetry and the scholarly work that attends to it at what can only be described as a glacial pace. Part of this is generational—Marxists are only beginning to repopulate the universities from which they were expelled during the McCarthyism that has re-branded itself as liberal hegemony. Likewise, poetry, so long kept restricted to the hermeticism of New Criticism, and taught largely…

GWENDOLYN BROOKS; RIOT

  poets.org From the Archive: Gwendolyn Brooks Reading at the Guggenheim Museum, 1983 In honor of Gwendolyn Brooks’s centennial, we’re sharing this archival audio from a reading featuring Brooks and Lucille Clifton at the Guggenheim Museum on May 3, 1983. Available online for the first time ever, this audio includes Brooks reading poems such as “We Real Cool,” “when you have forgotten Sunday: the love story,” and “Ballad of Pearl May Lee,” among others, and discussing riots, relationships, the inspiration behind the poems, and her life in Chicago. “Tell the truth as you know it. Tell your truth,” Brooks says in…