We're living through a sudden resurgence of the power of protest—from Black Lives Matter marches to the pandemic statehouse protests. The word "protest" comes from the Latin, meaning to testify to something publicly. Usually, protests occur as a way of raising a voice against injustice, or to support those unjustly treated. How do poets and writers approach the question of testifying publicly, standing with the unjustly treated? Poets Jericho Brown, Philip Metres, and Barbara Jane Reyes will read poems (their own and others') and talk about the role of poetry in social movements for change, and poetry as protest.
Jericho Brown, Philip Metres, & Barbara Jean Reyes