Contemporary American culture, stressed to breaking by economics, immigration, race, religion, and gender, blew up into an unknown future as Americans went to the polls on November 8, 2016. What led up to and resulted in this historic election is the subject of this new collection of poems, 2016 Political Poems.
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Politics Is Important!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
As from the title, I had been expecting poems. It wasn't quite poetry, but I was listening to the audiobook so I couldn't see the prose, and in fact it might have been poetry. However, it didn't read as a collection of poems, rather more a collection of thoughts.
I did love this collection. I believe that politics is important, and 2016 proved that. With the election of Donald Trump in America and the Brexit referendum in Britain, and the various other political events in 2016, 2016 was important. However, the most important group in politics is the people. They drive the government. After all, the government wouldn't be there if not for them, and they can easily change their mind. I believe that and this book agrees. Politics is important.
From Pain to Resistance
Yes, the 2016 election lives on.
Hillary's meeting in the woods after the 2016 election.
Yes. She has narrated two other books buy other authors. This book written and narrated in her own voice was special!
Yesterday, I was with Her. After the 2016 election, I was devastated by the result and wanted to understand WHY. I searched for answers and read an insightful book of poems by Doris Ervin, '2016 Political Poems', which gave me insight into what Americans may have been thinking and feeling. The poems that highlighted the pulse of many voters were 'Where is the Middle Class', 'Drain the Swamp', 'The Primal Scream', Blankets for Wall Street', and 'Punditry, Press, Fake News'. (See my Amazon review from January 22, 2017)
Today, I am the Resistance. After more than 100 days of a Trump presidency, I listened to the audiobook version of '2016 Political Poems' and found a voice to my resistance in the following poems: 'Just Lie', 'The Scared Trust', 'The Russians are Coming', 'A New Normal' and 'It's Up to Us'.
Tomorrow, WE all need to be the leaders who bring back our American Democracy. I found this vision in Doris's poem, 'A Meeting in the Woods', the poem that urged me to keep fighting. It describes a chance meeting that Hillary Clinton had during a walk in the woods with a mother and daughter a few days after the 2016 election. This poem felt half the country's pain but in the final stanza offered hope. Do you agree with me that the mother, in the woods, showed us we have to work for our dreams? The final stanza reads:
"My daughter is securely on my back,
for now, Perhaps, she will be the
one to lead us out of the woods and,
once again, into our dreams."
I'm a proud American and I will not sit silent. I will fight for the American Dream.
- Barbara D.