You might remember the May Day poetry feature last year, centered around remembrance and emotional release. This year, we thought probably everyone (at least those in the US) could do with some election-related self-expression. So we’re doing another poetry feature, this time centered on election day. I’m selfishly naming this one after what I’ve been told is my best podcast roundtable quote: “Rage is a positive emotion.” (Found in this episode of Mutual Exchange Radio.)
You can of course, however, write on whatever you’re feeling. Fear, grief, tenderness, hope. The idea is to get a snapshot of what it feels like to live in this time. It’s part of why anarchists have historically written poetry: to keep an emotional timeline of our history as well as an academic one.
Send in poems throughout this month that speak to the emotions of our current political moment and we’ll publish them throughout November, starting with election day. It may not be much, but it will be something to look forward to on an otherwise anxious day.
Rules are simple! Any form of poetry is acceptable. Email submissions to email@example.com by October 20th. We’ll be paying a $25 fee for all accepted submissions.