A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep ~ Salman Rushdie
And, on the 16th February, that is precisely what poets will have been doing, here, for a full 12 months. In fact, this past week has been a prime example of how poetry can accomplish some of those aims in Rushdie's quote.
Abigail Wyatt's No one wants racism, do they? searches for some balanced opinion, and raises concerns over 'trial by media'. Yet, in a different arena, the media projects the horrors of Syrian oppression while the world looks on: thePoetGeo's Pot Slams Kettle for Veto, underlines the destructive dogmas and poisonous politics that result in unimaginable pain for ordinary people in places like Homs. I was moved to write In Homs, on my own blog. Competition for space at Poetry24 being as keen as ever.
On Thursday, Helena Nolan offered us At First Sight, a wonderful tribute to the late Wislawa Szymborska, a poet who covered issues around war and terrorism in her own body of work.
Of course, those politicians who claim they would make the world a better place, have to get their hands on the levers, first. That, as Lavinia Kumar's And the Gods Go On, reminds us, comes at a cost. Which begs the question, can a President concentrate on his agenda, when he's preoccupied with repaying favours?
Peter Flint considers power of a different sort. As the debate on renewable energy heats up faster than the world's climate, we might want to pay attention to his Invaders.
From carbon footprints, to those left by Colton Harris-Moore, at the scenes of his crimes. Harris-Moore's exploits inspired Anthony Baverstock to write the Ballad of the Barefoot Bandit. What better way to steal off into the weekend?
Keep your eyes peeled throughout the week. You never know what special Poetry24 birthday surprises may turn up!
All the Best
Martin & Clare