Justice and Poetry For All aspires to raise Vermonters’ awareness of the persistent courage shown by those deemed marginal as they have struggled – and still struggle – for respect, recognition and inclusion in American democracy.
Why, then, poetry? We believe poetry’s uncanny ability to connect our outer lives with our inner selves, to give voice to what is often left unspoken, will enable audiences at the events we create to inhabit, however briefly, the lives of others.
Our series is multifaceted: literary, historical, and geographical. Inspired by Langston Hughes’s ambition to “sing America” and by the inclusive and wonderful lists of common Americans which Walt Whitman included in “Song of Myself,” this on-going series will offer a new focus each year.
Keynote: Major Jackson