Richard Modiano, Exit Poll

Richard Modiano, Exit Poll

Is your work political?

My writing is not exclusively political but political themes are part of it.

What is the place of literature in politics?

Literature is central to politics in as much as literature is an index for the zeitgeist of its era.

What is your favorite political work? 

The Preamble to the Constitution of the Industrial Workers of the World. The IWW Preamble — beginning with the sun clear statement that “The working class and the employing class have nothing in common” — distills the complete works of Karl Marx to their revolutionary essence. To my mind that 306 word manifesto sets forth what is still the soundest basis for the creation of what Wobblies like to call “a better world.”

Do you feel voting is important?

Voting is important but not the be all and end all of political activism; without follow up from the streets electioneering is finally counterproductive.

What are your hopes for this election?

At a minimum, the defeat of Donald Trump and his subsequent ousting.

Richard Modiano attended the University of Hawai’i and New York University. While living in New York City, he became active in the literary community connected to the Poetry Project, and there came to know Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Ted Berrigan. From 2010 to 2019, he served as Executive Director of Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center. In that time he produced and curated hundreds of literary events. His poetry and prose have been published in 1870, Heroin Love Songs, Maintenant, the Cultural Weekly, Escape Wheel, and the Patterson Literary Review. Richard is a rank and file member of the Industrial Workers of the World, and the publisher of the Moon & Sun Review. In 2019, he was elected as Vice President of the California State Poetry Society.

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