Is your work political?
Many pieces are. In my new collection, “Pandemia & Other Poems” comes to the world as a salve to a trifecta of crises—border issues of children in cages and immigrants being held in tent cities to wait with little or no hope; a virus that has crippled the world forcing us to reevaluate and test our resolve as survivors; and the ongoing issue of police brutality stirring protests around the world.
What is the place of literature in politics?
What is the place of literature in educating? Literature has a place in everything from healing to empowerment. Journalism is an important part of politics, the research to uncover what needs to be unveiled for all, and written in a journal or newspaper is imperative, especially for our now.
What is your favorite political work?
The quick acting phone camera recording citizens of the world who capture what can’t be unchanged after the fact. Everything ends in p in the political agenda. The Angry Tias and Abuelas mission is to provide basic necessities for health and safety and support for human dignity and justice to individuals and families seeking asylum at our borders and as they embark on their journeys to designated destinations in the US.
Do you feel voting is important?
Like prayer, Like hope, Like waiting. Yes. It’s your green light to having a voice on issues. How can you claim, fight, argue, celebrate an issue if you don’t vote for or against it.
What are your hopes for this election?
Change. I hope these four years were an awakening to all. So that we don’t let any party run amok. Hold them all accountable, at all times, or scream for change again and again. The presidency has to be an office of change and evolving always for the people.
Edward Vidaurre is the author of seven collections of poetry. His new book of poems is “Pandemia & Other Poems” (Aztlan Libre Press, 2020). He is the 2018-2019 City of McAllen, Texas Poet Laureate, a four-time Pushcart-nominated poet, and publisher of FlowerSong Press. His writings have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Times, The Texas Observer, Grist, Poet Lore, The Acentos Review, Poetrybay, Voices de la Luna, as well as other journals and anthologies. Vidaurre resides in McAllen, Texas with his wife and daughter.
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