political poem

devorah major

[This poem is read by the author. MP3 of this poem]

what makes a poem revolutionary
does it violently refuse the page
construct a chaos of grammar
that denies metaphor or defeats meter
is it armed and ready for prolonged struggle
is it loud and insistent assaulting your senses
full of gun powder and iron pellets
is it unavailable for canonization
despite an early death as martyr
or does it instead
find guerrilla survival
hidden
underground
exploding in unexpected places
appearing once again     just
when you thought it dead

This poem appears in where river meets ocean.
devorah major also reads Marilyn Buck’s “Prison Chant.”

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