Identity Politics Among Poets & Friends

Gentle Reader: My deep sorrow around today’s politics is that people are turning on each other. Even more disturbing is poets are turning on poets via elitist and invective posts that may be therapeutic for the writer and “red meat” for like-minded followers but ignore the diversity among us and border on blacklisting.

I’m reminded of Martin Neimoller’s poem (1892-1984) about German intellectuals coming for others including so-called incurables. He was a Lutheran pastor who spoke out against what was happening in his country at the time.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Who is next in the current waves of political cleansing? Here’s a deeper look into all this:  A Gentle Corrective for Identity Politics

Food for thought?

 

Author: Bonnie Larson Staiger

Published and persistent poet. Frequent hermit. Fascinated with the fusion of the written word on the printed page. Writing is an extension of who I am. On my blog, North Dakota Roots, I share some poetry and some observations about life.

3 thoughts on “Identity Politics Among Poets & Friends”

  1. I read that essay this morning, too. I wish everyone would read it. I followed a link over here from Kelli’s blog – it’s nice to virtually meet you. I’m participating in the poet blog revival, too. 🌞

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