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The Post-Trump Future of Literature

Viet Thanh Nguyen New York Times
What will writers do when the outrage is over? Will they go back to writing about flowers and moons?

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Speaking of Disinformation

Rebecca Starks Rattle
“I was trying to understand, on a smaller scale than national politics,” writes Vermont poet Rebecca Starks, “how an obvious falsehood can seem obviously true to someone else.”

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Diane di Prima: A Tribute

Carina del Valle Schorske The New York Times
Here is a fine tribute to di Prima, who died October 25. She was 86 years old. She was an outstanding figure in mid-to-late 20th Century rebel culture in the United States and was one of that culture's most important poets.

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A Feral Calico Cat

Joe Cottonwood Live Encounters
Poet Joe Cottonwood writes about " an underground railroad/of farmworkers" along the coast of California, a sad story with a good ending.

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Cardboard People

Lollie Butler
A heavy burden we all carry in 2020: What’s missing? asks Arizona poet Lollie Butler. People, smiles and faces.

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Thanksgiving Letter from Harry

Carl Dennis poets.org
The prize-winning poet Carl Dennis offers an ironic thanksgiving greeting, one that reminds us of what blessings we North Americans have as well as the abuse we have made of those very blessings.

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America Starts Here

Dean Rader Los Angeles Review of Books
This "remarkable collection," says reviewer Rader, "is the most inclusive and the most comprehensive anthology of Native American poetry to date."

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Hoax

Donna Pucciani Plainssong
Chicago poet Donna Pucciani speaks to the cruel conditions facing young refugees, the idea they are not even people.
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