“In time of crisis, we summon up our strength,” wrote poet Muriel Rukeyser. Poems for Political Disaster gathers poems–from the eve of the twenty-first century to the month following Trump’s election–to mark a moment of political rupture, summoning the collective strength found in the languages of resistance and memory, subversion and declamation, struggle and hope. Poetry is a counterforce. We offer these poems to readers as Rukeyser did–“not walls, but human things, human faces.”
Born in 1969 in Providence, Rhode Island, Timothy Donnelly holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA from Columbia University. Jorie Graham has remarked that his poetry is “musically brilliant and articulate,” and Richard Howard found Donnelly’s first collection, “as vigorous, as fresh, and as authoritative” as the work of John Ashbery. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including those from The Paris Review, Columbia University, and the New York State Writers Institute.
Donnelly is the current poetry editor at the Boston Review. He is also a professor in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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