Tag Archives: political poetry

Poetry in the News…


Ted Kooser On When Poetry Became So Inaccessible


Remembering John Berryman, a Giant of American Poetry


Edgar Allan Poe’s Feud With Boston? Nevermore



Posters and poetry: Hong Kong protesters show their creativity


Political poetry in Russia: 2011 – present



A Look at New York’s Poetry Brothel


Tyler Knott Gregson’s Poetry Cracks Best-Seller Lists


Poetry Beyond the Edge of Time


REMI RAJI: Why my poetry confronts autocracy


Poet Edward Hirsch grieves his late son with an elegy for ‘Gabriel’


The Undermining of the Democratic Club by Rob Cook

underminingofthedemocraticclubPaperback: 138 pages

Publisher: Spuyten Duyvil Publishing (August 18, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1941550177

ISBN-13: 978-1941550175


Reviewed by g emil reutter 

Recently on NPR, Juan Vidal, said, “For centuries, poets were the mouthpieces railing loudly against injustice. They gave voice to the hardships and evils facing people everywhere. From Langston Hughes to Jack Kerouac and Federico García Lorca — so many — verse once served as a vehicle for expressing social and political dissent. There was fervor, there was anger. And it was embraced: See, there was a time when the poetry of the day carried with it the power of newspapers and radio programs. It was effective, even as it was overtly political. What has happened?”

Well, Juan, they are out here hanging on the fringes, writing poems against what they perceive to be injustice, hardships and evils facing people everywhere. One such poet is Rob Cook. The Undermining of the Democratic Club is slated for release in August by Spuyten Duyvil Publishing.

Cook’s finely crafted poems rage against injustice providing his voice to hardships and evils facing people everywhere while railing against the American lie. These poems will not leave you in neutral territory. You will either embrace Cook’s view of the world or you will strongly disagree with Cook. There is no room for moderation, there is no gray twilight for Cook.

You can check out the book here: http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/the-undermining-of-the-democratic-club.html.

g-emil-reutter-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA). https://gereutter.wordpress.com/


Mel Brake reads “Obama Man”

Here is the link to the podcast of Yolanda Wishers show with Poet Mel Brakes reading of “Obama Man” http://umuvme.mypodcast.com/2010/01/featured_poet_mel_brake-277173.html