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Would you listen to 2016 Political Poems again? Why?
Yes, the 2016 election lives on.
What was one of the most memorable moments of 2016 Political Poems?
Hillary's meeting in the woods after the 2016 election.
Have you listened to any of Doris Ervin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes. She has narrated two other books buy other authors. This book written and narrated in her own voice was special!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
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.
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Two disclaimers right out the gate. 1st this book was gifted to me for my favorite price of free. Its freeness has no bearing on my review. 2nd I am not a connoisseur of poetry. I want to be, and have tried various works but haven't ever really been able to get into it.
Ervin does an amazing job capturing the feeling of American's going into the 2016 election. How many were still looking for work and someone to be their voice. Ervin writes of many of the things that were discussed during the election campaign. Draining of the swamp, who's swamp, the one in your back yard or mine. What if your swamp is murky and ugly and mine looks pretty, what if they drain the swamp and put up a parking lot? She discusses Fake News and its ramifications. Even Russia gets a nod in this book.
I love how Ervin does not come right and say which side she is for but tries to capture the overall feeling of all sides.