American poetry has a rich tradition of taking on important political and social events. The 99 poems in this diverse and dynamic new collection demonstrate how engagement with what Wallace Stevens called “the actual world” does not diminish poetry’s punch—rather it makes it hit harder. Born out of a popular blog begun by Dean Rader at the height of the recession and at the infancy of the Occupy movements, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent shows that the aims of poetry and the aims of democracy go hand-in-hand. These are poems of anger, love, protest, humor, contemplation, hope, frustration, and beauty. These are poems by the famous and the marginal, by the heard and the ignored. These are poems that speak to the past as well as the future. These are poems of and for the real America.
Rader will be joined by the following readers:
Jose Luis Gutierrez
Dean Rader’s debut collection of poems Works & Days won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize, and his newest collection, Landscape/Portrait/Figure/Form was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the Best Poetry Books of 2013. He is a professor and department chair at the University of San Francisco.
Poetry. American poetry has a rich tradition of taking on important political and social events. The 99 poems in this diverse and dynamic new collection edited by Dean Rader demonstrate how engagement with what Wallace Stevens called "the actual world" does not diminish poetry's punch rather it makes it hit harder.