From the afterward:
“In a world where every 3.6 seconds a person—usually a child under the age of five—dies of starvation, of preventable disease, of poverty, poetry endures firm on her feet against death and sadness. And I mean it both literally and metaphorically. Poetry will not change the world, that much is clear, but as these two poets make it poignantly clear in this roundtable, poetry as language-material is as resilient as is the bark on trees. Like a good song, poetry can be "discretely made, disguised,smuggled and exchanged," just ask Alicia Partnoy—Ruth's mother—who nourished and freed her poems from the very bowels of a death camp. Furthermore Ruth finds in the language of poetry the power to reclaim "the political lexicon," the images and "metaphors of birds, (Operation Condor,doves, planes) and flying (death flights, migrations, escapes)" proving that poetry—written in times of urgency or not—can only but aid in"resisting through language."
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