“Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth,” wrote June Jordan, and in an era of political disinformation, the act of truth telling is more vital than ever. The poets featured below all participate in this crucial undertaking, unveiling, among other worthy topics, the ubiquitous nature of paternalism, the dark irony behind our need to own weapons, the way memory, “like the sun,” can be both “destructive and sustaining.” Reading these Top Five Poems of the Week, we emerge more informed and thoughtful, more attentive. Isn’t that what all great poetry does?
A man would end the tour with an invitation to a drink.
We don’t say we are armed when we mean our arms.
They died to prove the might of an empire.
It is revenge. It is lullaby. It is forgiveness, I think.
The rest of America still calls you a refugee.