In Poetry Is Not a Luxury we use the best contemporary poets to explore the most urgent social issues. Each month we focus on a different book and discuss poetry as poets do. We read our favorite poems out loud, listen for sound and rhythm, consider how the poet plays with language, and consider the joys and sorrows in the poems.
Our 2017-2018 season focuses on Voices of the Silenced/Voices of the Resistance.
The March selection for Poetry Is Not a Luxury is Notes on the Assemblage by Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino Poet Laureate of the United States and son of Mexican immigrants.
Exuberant and socially engaged, reflective and healing, this collection of new work from the nation's first Latino Poet Laureate is brimming with the wide-open vision and hard-won wisdom of a poet whose life and creative arc have spanned chasms of culture in an endless crossing, dreaming and back again.
"[This year] Juan Felipe Herrera's Notes on the Assemblage has been a ladder of hope …"—Ada Limón, The New Yorker