In his poems, Mahmoud Darwish greeted even his own name warily, knowing it was something else he'd be forced to leave behind.
We published some of his earliest poems as well as his great 1964 essay on Sonny Liston vs. Cassius Clay.
How do you rhyme “Obama” with “Yokahama”?
Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan all have me thinking of June Jordan’s great “Poem about My Rights.”
A poet passionately engaged with writing and politics, she said "art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage."
If the great Hiroshima novel remains unwritten, a number of major poets have written brilliantly on nuclear concerns.