I went to a free poetry reading at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/foundation/plan-a-visit). The first 4 poets were good, but 4 poets are a lot for one evening. But the organizers knew what they were doing by having Shire read last. Her words jolted the room. I left the event re-energized and bought this collection.
And then I forgot about it.
But Benedict Cumberbatch sent me back to it (http://time.com/4030957/benedict-cumberbatch-syrian-refugee-crisis/).
The poem he quotes, titled “Conversations about Home (at the Deportation Center),” is everything you need to know about the news today. It is a remarkable bit of poetic testimony.
The rest of the collection centers around the role of women in war-ravaged places. As with “Conversations,” these documentary poems are remarkably powerful.