In the comments section of my "City of God" post (see below), Hui Jeong raised an interesting question --- do you know of any conservative Asian Pacific American poets? I was stumped. Pam and Barbara joined the discussion, and we each had views on questions like this:
*who are the republican apa poets? *does poetry lend itself to more liberal politics? *(maybe) there are reasons (cultural or otherwise) why a poet (and in this case, specifically an apa poet) would not have the occasion or desire to address the political? maybe there's no place for such things in (or around) a poem? is it the perfect place?
a few new questions i have in mind: *who are some of the best political poets writing today? *are latino/a, native american, or african american poets or writers more likely to write about the political? why/why not? *how do you define a political poet? I'm curious what you all think about any or all of these questions. If you know of someone who'd have something to say about this, please direct them this way.