From the Occupy Wall Street People’s Library:
For the past 6 weeks poets from around the world have been sending poems to the People’s Library in an effort to create a living/breathing poetry anthology in solidarity with the Occupy Wall St. movement. All poems are accepted into the anthology. The anthology is updated on a weekly basis. If you’d like a poem added to the anthology email stephenjboyer@gmail(dot)com and please include “occupy poetry” in the subject.
Enjoy. Keep Occupying!
Read the current incarnation of the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology here.
With Masha Tupitsyn, Filip Marinovich, Stephen Boyer, Eileen Myles, Adrienne Rich, Charles Bernstein, Anne Waldman, Martín Espada, Penelope Schott, Marilyn Hacker, Jorie Graham, Anselm Berrigan, Ingrid Feeney, Philomene Long, Lisa Cattrone, Ben Lerner, Carolyn Elliott, Feliz Lucia Molina, Maureen Seaton, Samuel Ace, Wanda Coleman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Kevin Killian, D.A. Powell, Rebecca Mertz, Vincent Katz, Jena Osman and many, many, many others.
News from the library today, November 17, Day of Action:
The NYPD seized the People’s Library again tonight. We set up the library again today with 100 books, and the police came over this evening and stood in a line around the books, blocking anyone from reaching the books by creating a fence with their batons. The officers then ordered the Brookfield property sanitation crew to throw them in a trash can. We photographed it all, and video is available on the blog here. The police were asked why they were taking the books and one officer said “I don’t know.”
5 thoughts on “Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology”
Thanks for putting this up Elaine. 5000 books destroyed. Fascism is flourishing in the United States. It needs to stop.
Greg, as someone who lost family member to the Nazis and spent time in Stasi controlled East Germany, I truly take issue with your use of fascism here.
Greg- I can’t find your comment here, but my issue is that Fascist regimes remove books because they don’t adhere to their fascist ideals. These books were moved soley because of where they were. It’s a bad comparison. Of course other people have used the work fascist and as a hard core liberal who takes lots of issues with our government I’m very aware that it is not fascist. We are a very fucked up country but fascist we are not- so you, Frank Zappa, whoever – when I see that word thrown around loosely, I call people on it.
The books were not moved, they were destroyed.
It is my opinion that destroying a library is fascist. It is your opinion that the government is not fascist. We are both entitled to our opinions.
I do not throw around any term loosely. I am completely earnest.
Watch this, Paula – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak1FGRtYCyo&sns=fb