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“Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth,” says June Jordan, who understands the urgency we writers have felt since November 8, 2016, now heading into election year 2020: “If you’re in the difficult process of living as a poet, you’re constantly trying to make an attunement to yourself which no outside manipulation or propaganda can disturb. That makes you a sturdy, dependable voice—which others want to hear and respond to. So, poetry … produces a dialogue among people that guards all of us against manipulation by our so-called leaders” (“Poetry Is a Political Act” interview, COLORLINES, Winter 1999). Exploring sample poems about national and global issues and news events, we will sharpen the focus of our poetic lens to craft political poems that are not podiums but rather invitations for dialogue and discovery.

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MARJ HAHNE is a freelance editor and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art exhibits, and dance performances. www.MarjHahne.com / Facebook: https://bit.ly/2Z3o9bs / YouTube: https://bit.ly/2LxHUG2
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