Here’s a necessary anthology in a troubled time. It features exciting new work by so many fabulous poets. And proceeds will go to The Malala Fund.
Donald Revell has this to say:
“In his elegy for W.B. Yeats, Auden famously avowed that ‘poetry makes nothing happen.’ Yet in the very same stanza, he went on to define the art as ‘a WAY of happening’ (italics mine). In that single word ‘way’ resides the genius of STRONGER THAN FEAR. For all its beautiful diversity, for all the ambitious reach—into ancestry, into history, into hazard and futurity—of the poems gathered here, there is a striking concord and unity of purpose. And that purpose is compassion, and its prospect is of the ways in which compassion, truly voiced, redeems the times in which we live. There is a thrill of humanity in these poems—something to refresh our hopes and to renew our courage.”
Carol Alexander and Stephen Massimilla have produced something special here, an exemplar in these troubled times.