To fight apathy with poetry, by really focusing on understanding, empathizing with, and imagining my way into the news I hear on the radio or read on the internet
That other writers will want to do the same. That we can engage in poetic conversation about local, national, and international stories.
Rattle’s “Poetry is Back in the News” project. Patricia Smith’s poem: “34.” Brian Doyle’s poem: “Leap.” Anastacia Tolbert’s poem: “What To Tell My Sons After Trayvon Martin, After Michael Brown, After Medgar Evers, After, After, After, After and Before…”.
To submit work:
Please send your news-inspired flash fiction/nonfiction or poetry (in the body of your e-mail) to email@example.com. Write a sentence or two to introduce yourself. Please include the headline you are responding to. Be thoughtful. Be original. Be radically empathetic.
–Rachael Button, November 2015