"The poet today must be twice-born. She must have begun as a poet, she must have understood the suffering of the world as political, and gone through politics, and on the other side of politics she must be reborn again as a poet." - Adrienne Rich
Many of our interesting Everyday Citizen bloggers
are poets, musicians, writers and artists in addition to being active citizens and bloggers. Angelo Lopez
, a prolific political cartoonist and muralist, often shares his art with us here at Everyday Citizen.
Another of our artistic bloggers, Melissa Tuckey
, was recently interviewed by The Writer's Center
. In the interview, Melissa explained how politics help shape her poetry,
"I care passionately about social issues and have been involved in a lot of activist work, so it’s been important for me to find a voice in my poems that can encompass these experiences as well as other experiences...
"We cannot keep the suffering of the world out of our poems, anymore than we can pretend we are somehow immune to politics. We learn to see that all things are connected. Not only that, but there are systems of oppression and histories."
Melissa is also one of the founders of the Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness
, an annual springtime festival in Washington DC that offers poetry readings, workshops, community building opportunities, youth programming, films and panel discussions to help festival goers to "grapple with a crippling economic crisis and other social and environmental ills."