Pamela Espeland Can poetry save the planet? It’s worth a try. During the 1960s, poetry helped shape U.S. public opinion about the war in Vietnam. Poets Robert Bly and David Ray formed an organization called American Writers Against the Vietnam War. Along with other poets — including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Galway Kinnell and Diane Wakoski — they held read-ins and teach-ins, readings, rallies and demonstrations across the country.At first, they read protest poems by others, then wrote their own. Several of Bly’s antiwar poems appeared in his book “The Light Around the Body,” which won the National Book Award in 1968. Bly gave his prize money to the resistance.Earlier this year, when Robert’s wife, Ruth Bly, learned that climate...
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