Poetry has always played a crucial role in movements for social justice, animating our language, finding words for our outrage, and restoring our souls for the struggle. At a time when our risk of burnout is enormous, when we are told every day that the truth is the untruth, we need the transformative power of poetry in our movements for social justice.
Come hear two poet-activists, Sarah Browning and Simone John, discuss this tradition and poetry’s living work, and read from their recent collections at a reading and talk. “Don’t You Hear This Hammer Ring? Poetry & Social Justice” is being co-hosted by the Jamaica Plain Forum and Split This Rock on Feb. 15th from 7 to 9 pm at the Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist Church (6 Eliot St.)
Sarah Browning is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock, the preeminent national organization of socially engaged poets, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Simone John is the author of Testify, which employs documentary poetics to uplift stories of black people whose lives have been shattered by state-sanctioned violence.