Anthology editor Dean Rader, Dana Levin, and I will read from 99 Poems for the 99 Percent at 4 pm on Saturday, July 26, in the O'Shaughnessy Performance Space at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design (follow the signs to Benildus Hall). The reading is free, of course!
American poetry has a rich tradition of taking on important political and social events. The 99 poems in this diverse and dynamic new collection demonstrate how engagement with what Wallace Stevens called “the actual world” does not diminish poetry’s punch—rather it makes it hit harder. Born out of a popular blog begun by Dean Rader at the height of the recession and at the infancy of the Occupy movements, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent shows that the aims of poetry and the aims of democracy are hand-in-hand. These are poems of anger, love, protest, humor, contemplation, hope, frustration, and beauty. These are poems by the famous and the marginal, by the heard and the ignored. These are poems that speak to the past as well as the future. These are poems of and for the real America.
The anthology features poems by well-known writers like Edward Hirsch, Bob Hicok, Robert Pinsky, Dana Levin, LeAnne Howe, Timothy Donnelly, Camille T. Dungy, Jon Davis, Brian Clements, Ellen Bass, Joan Houlihan, Ray Gonzalez, and Heid Erdrich as well as a generous sampling of work by beginning poets and students.