From the co-editors of The Book of Scented Things and Still Life with Poem, comes a call for poems for a new anthology, Swearing In: Poems for an Uncertain Country. In the hope that words have power and that art can be a force for social justice, we ask you to send us your poems about the America that might await us after January 20, 2017, when a new President is sworn in.
We are looking for poems that reflect on questions such as these: What comes next for women, people of color, undocumented immigrants, religious minorities, the LGBTQ, those with disabilities, anyone deemed other? What will history say about this election? And what might have been?
The Oath of Office of the President of the United States reads: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." As citizens, what is the oath that we take? What are our duties? How might our poems be a kind of swearing in to democracy?
- Please, email your poem to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only one poem per submitter will be considered.
- Title your email "Poem Submission: Your Name" (i.e. "Poem Submission: Alexander Hamilton").
- Send your poem as a Word document, in 12-point Times New Roman font and single-spaced (unless your text employs some other kind of formatting).
- If your poem has been published previously, please, indicate in your submission.
- Include a professional bio with your submission (no more than 100 words, please).
- Deadline: January 27, 2017
- Questions about Swearing In can be directed to Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby at email@example.com.