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Monday, November 17, 2008

Anny Ballardini's Poetic Responses to the American Elections Anthology is growing

While the He/art Pants:

Poetic Responses to the 2008 American Elections

Call for Submissions

Artistic representations, responses, and interrogations of electoral events are very important expressions of the endless conversation between art and historical experience. The 2008 American elections stimulated a lot of artistic responses and there were, in the campaign discourses, some subtle invocations of the postures of presidential aspirants to literature and cultural productions generally. What, as a poet (defined broadly), is the meaning of this whole experience of the 2008 elections? Send us your previously unpublished works (poems, paintings, manipulated photographs, etc) about the 2008 US elections for inclusion in an online anthology:While the He/Art Pants (a title derived from Walt Whitman’s poem reproduced below), to soon appear on the Poet’s Corner, Fiera Lingue. Images should be on Jpeg format. As this promises to be a very interesting project, we request that you send up to five of the most uncompromising and stylistically surprising of your works and a short bio. Other works that do not necessarily focus on the 2008 US elections but are relevant to the dialogue between art and democratic politics will be considered.

Submissions are to be made electronically to: Obododimma Oha (Guest Editor) ,


Anny Ballardini (Editor, The Poet’s Corner)

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Election Day, November 1884 from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1892)

If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show,
’Twould not be you, Niagara—nor you, ye limitless prairies—nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado,
Nor you, Yosemite—nor Yellowstone, with all its spasmic geyserloops ascending to the skies, appearing and disappearing,
Nor Oregon’s white cones—nor Huron’s belt of mighty lakes—nor Mississippi’s stream:
—This seething hemisphere’s humanity, as now, I’d name—the still small voice vibrating—America’s choosing day,
(The heart of it not in the chosen—the act itself the main, the quadrennial choosing,)
The stretch of North and South arous’d-sea-board and inland-Texas to Maine—the Prairie States—Vermont, Virginia, California,
The final ballot-shower from East to West—the paradox and conflict,
The countless snow-flakes falling—(a swordless conflict,
Yet more than all Rome’s wars of old, or modern Napoleon’s:) the peaceful choice of all,
Or good or ill humanity—welcoming the darker odds, the dross:
—Foams and ferments the wine? it serves to purify—while the heart pants, life glows:
These stormy gusts and winds waft precious ships,
Swell’d Washington’s, Jefferson’s, Lincoln’s sails.

Access the expanding list (the roster so far is below) HERE

· Edward Mycue
· Jared Schickling
· Bill Morgan
· John M. Bennett
· Conrad Reeder
· Tom McBride
· Gerald Schwartz
· Farideh Hassanzadeh-Mostafavi
· Russ Golata
· Evelyn Posamentier
· Gina Sangster Hayman
· Matt Johnson
· Susan Bright
· Daniel Zimmerman
· Fan Ogilvie
· Henry Gould
· Carol Novack
· Joseph Duemer
· Peter Ciccariello
· Spencer Selby
· Eugen Galasso
· Grace Cavalieri
· Amy King
· Halvard Johnson
· Raymond Bianchi


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