I haven’t been able to clarify and articulate my thoughts and feelings post-election. My journal and unfinished documents are fragmented and frantic. I’ve been constantly shaking paralysis for a week, trying to figure out what actions to take, throwing my support and attention to those who need it, trying to continue doing the things I have to do even as I’ve been walking around in a fog. And, like many others, I’ve turned my full attention to the words of others.
Even as the full impact of fake news and click-baity headlines are being realized, we still continue to read. And, though fake news and click-baity headlines still run rampant on social media, many of the news outlets, literary journals, and people I follow on social media have been posting some of their best work. We’re turning to voices of those who are threatened, hearing voices some would wish to silence, and we’re returning to favorites by individuals who spoke with enduring wisdom and fire.
Here’s a sample of some of what I’ve been reading and gathering this week to help you get started.
As Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” played on repeat in my head last week, The Atlantic explained why poetry goes viral in the aftermath in Still, Poetry Will Rise.
Poets.org provided a selection of Poems for After the Election.
Continuing this thread, Literary Hub explains The Very Real Consolations of Poetry.
Literary Hub jump starts our reading list and prompts us to action with 25 Works of Poetry and Fiction for Anger and Action, as well as 25 Works of Nonfiction for Anger and Action.
The Stop Trump Reading List includes some overlap from the above selections, but is a great, comprehensive addition meant to help you “understand how Trump got elected, how we got to this point, and how we can organize for the future.”
Have books, articles, or poems to add? Let me know what you’re reading!