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How Tom Sleigh, Marilyn Hacker, Deborah Landau, Cecilia Wolloch bear witness
How Tom Sleigh, Marilyn Hacker, Deborah Landau, Cecilia Wolloch bear witness

Poets have expanded the boundaries of what we call the "poetry of witness." We are talking about both the passion that drives "witness" and the re-creation of that passion on the page, of course. But we are also talking about being transparent as well as accurate in description of extremity, allowing the reader to "see" clearly, without the shadow of the self obscuring what is seen. We look to reimagine, for our moment, what is public and what is poetic — and how the two come together to broaden poetry's expressive power and its outspoken voice. Claudia Rankine's "Citizen" comes to mind, as do the following collections. Tom...

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