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Today on Your Call: What is the power of a poem?






On today's Your Call, we’ll mark National Poetry Month by talking to poets--and You--about why poetry is important and perhaps even necessary.  

Poets, artists, and musicians throughout history have been persecuted by oppressive regimes for speaking out against injustices through their art.  What does that say about the power of art and poetry to affect politics?  To cause revolution?  To speak truth to power?  Perhaps it is true that the pen is mightier than the sword?  Who do you think poetry is for?  And what can poetry accomplish? Join us at 10am Pacific Time or post a comment here.  What is a poem that has moved you?  It’s Your Call, with Hana Baba, and you. 



Giovanni singleton, poet, teacher, founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts and author of the poetry collection, Ascension

Nic Alea, queer/trans poet, co-host of the open mic New Poetry Mission: the New Shit show, author of the poetry chapbook, No Trees, All Pianos 

Kim Shuck, poet, weaver, educator, and author of the poetry collection, Rabbit Stories


The Academy of American Poets: National Poetry Month 

Poets.org: 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month 


Kim Shuck

SFHeart: SF poets -- Kim Shuck

UCTV: Lunch Poems: Giovanni Singleton

SFWeekly: The Write Stuff: Nic Alea on Redefinition and Living a Magical Life 

SFGate: Is San Francisco to Poetry What New York is to Fiction?

Loft Literary Center: Poetry as a Weapon for Peace and Freedom in the Middle East

Art & Writing: National Student Poets Program

NY Times: Chile Exhumes Nobel Poet’s Body to Investigate Claim of Poisoning

KUSP 88.9fm Poetry Show (Every Sunday at 9pm)