Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice by Francisco X. AlarcónPoetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice by Francisco X. Alarcón

Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice

EditorFrancisco X. Alarcón, Odilia Galván Rodríguez

Paperback | March 10, 2016

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On April 20, 2010, nine Latino students chained themselves to the main doors of the Arizona State Capitol in an act of civil disobedience to protest Arizona’s SB 1070. Moved by the students’ actions, that same day Francisco X. Alarcón responded by writing a poem in Spanish and English titled “Para Los Nueve del Capitolio/ For the Capitol Nine,” which he dedicated to the students. The students replied to the poem with a collective online message. To share with the world what was taking place, Alarcón then created a Facebook page called “Poets Responding to SB 1070” and posted the poem, launching a powerful and dynamic forum for social justice.

Since then, more than three thousand original contributions by poets and artists from around the globe have been posted to the page. Poetry of Resistance offers a selection of these works, addressing a wide variety of themes, including racial profiling, xenophobia, cultural misunderstanding, violence against refugees, shared identity, and much more. Contributors include distinguished poets such as Francisco Aragón, Devreaux Baker, Sarah Browning, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Susan Deer Cloud, Sharon Dubiago, Martín Espada, Genny Lim, Pam Uschuk, and Alma Luz Villanueva.

Bringing together more than eighty writers, the anthology powerfully articulates the need for change and the primacy of basic human rights. Each poem shows the heartfelt dedication these writers and artists have to justice in a world that has become larger than borders. Poetry of Resistance is a poetic call for tolerance, reflection, reconciliation, and healing.
Francisco X. Alarcón is a Chicano poet and educator, and author of twelve volumes of poetry, including From the Other Side of Night: Selected and New Poems. His most recent books are Canto hondo / Deep Song and Borderless Butterflies / Mariposas sin fronteras. He founded the Facebook page "Poets Responding to SB 1070" and teaches at Un...
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Title:Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social JusticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:March 10, 2016Publisher:University of Arizona PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081650279X

ISBN - 13:9780816502790

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"Alarcón and co-editor the eco-poet and activist Odilia Galván Rodríguez selected the strongest work from the hundreds of entries to shape this anthology whose communal message—a plea for social change—will remain timeless and resonant."—NBC News

“With a firmly global perspective, Galván Rodríguez threads all of her work together with the theme of empowerment.”—HipLatina