It really is true, it seems more and more, that the emergence of “social media” changes everything from how we read and write to how we debate the issues and ideas of the day–and who has a voice in those debates. For poets, who should be accustomed to small audiences, the effect may be especially dramatic. Today, a personal blog, a Twitter or Facebook account, or the like, can lend new, previously unimaginable credence to Percy Shelley’s bold assertion that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Thanks to a Facebook page called “Poets Responding to SB 1070” here’s my recent contribution to the immigration debate.
Thanks to all of you who have made CHILD OF MY CHILD: POEMS AND STORIES FOR GRANDPARENTS an Amazon bestseller again this season!
This article from the Jerusalem Post provides background on Voices Israel and Reuben Rose, whose name is honored in the annual poetry contest I was privileged to judge this year.