100 Poets Against The War Essay

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Poetry/Power: A Reading of 100 Poets against the War

Abstract
This essay critically examines the invocation of poetry as a strategy of ethical resistance against the war on Iraq in the chapbook anthology 100 Poets Against the War, which was assembled in a matter of few weeks before the war. . This textual tactics figures prominently among other resistance tactics employed by the poets in the 100 poems included in this anthology. Considerable number of poems turns to the invocation of poetry, the act of poetry making, and the power of the poem as a means to initiate an inquiry into the injustice of the war and the ethical responsibility of poetry to counter this injustice. Although 100 Poets Against the War emerges with one powerful collective
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It presents both the poet's ethical stand against the war and his active engagement with poetry as a means of resistance to this war. The historical context of the marches of 2003 lends power to his words/verses not only to counter the official American war rhetoric but, ultimately, to 'reclaim the land and its language', i.e., to restore our humanity through the sacredness of poetry.

The poet, here, may not be that divine Coleridgean figure but another fellow poet, Margo Berdeshevsky, makes this quite clear in a poem called "Who Shall Be Hung", with its direct and rich allusion to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to redeem the fallen human world.

I shall be hung. Who shall be hung, all souls, our damp impatience for - I think that time’s invented helm is wacky spinning Weimar bodies, think it’s spewing signs we
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Bush or is it an allegory for the alien muscular values that took possession of America's essential goodness. The patriarch overshadows the matriarch in the cultural history of America. The metaphor of baking is essentially motherly and connotes mercy, feeding, and charity. No wonder that the woman/America is seen baking all the time, feeding a whole world. When the shadowy male appears in the yard the baking continues but the woman looks like being imprisoned or, at least, without spirits. Given that the window is the conventional metaphor for life or perspective on life, the baking woman/essential America loses her/its worldview and stagnates into a sort of cultural death. This reading is fully supported by the possible reasons that the poem thereafter catalogues for this impasse. Although no cause was singled for favor, the death of poetry sprung surprisingly in the
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