This is going to be a stretch — linking poets and public relations. But here goes. Last week I wrote about the anniversary of the start of the Iraq war and said that we didn’t always in the country view wars with such apathy and acceptance. And I mentioned to my daughter that maybe it was time to alert the poets.
Then over the weekend I was in Washington. And guess what? Poets were leading a demonstration at the White House protesting the war. Who says a blog like this can’t shape public opinion? Well, OK. I won’t take any credit. Bill Sledzik apparently has the power to paralyze Northeast Ohio with a blizzard with a mere mention on Facebook. But then his Technorati rating is about 1,000 times higher than mine.
But the poets were heading to the White House — and back in the game. Here’s an article — Averse to War — in The Washington Post. It says in part:
The poets are in town. Dozens — no, hundreds. Hundreds of poets. Can you imagine? They are everywhere.
Also, to mark the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, they are ready to march on the White House.
Who isn’t right?
Well, I don’t know about you but I’m encouraged. Maybe the poets can help us get out of this mess. Doesn’t appear that anyone else — or any other group — has the interest or ability to shape public opinion against a war these days. Maybe when American Idol is over for the season.
And sorry. Guess I couldn’t figure out a way to link poetry to public relations after all.