Enough! Poems of Resistance and Protests

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Poetry as Claire Millikin
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Enough! Poems of Resistance and Protest is an anthology of poems by 27 Maine poets who, in the midst of a pandemic, of lockdowns and quarantines, of protests and death and struggle, took up their pens to give voice to what this time feels like. Praised by Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco as “a powerful, prevalent and unflinching collection of political protest poetry in response to systemic racism and economic injustice,” Enough! speaks directly to the moment in which we find ourselves. With photographs of Portland protests by documentary photographer Nicholas Gervin.

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A powerful, prevalent, and unflinching collection of political protest poetry by Maine poets in response to systemic racism and economic injustice. These poems take a knee, a breath; they witness and name truths; they protest loud and clear, yet hold moments of silence between the pages. They amplify a nation in mourning, while rising in defense of human rights and civil liberty.
– Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet and author of How To Love a Country

Claire Millikin, the co-editor of Enough! Poems of Resistance and Protest, writes that “George Floyd’s death became an emblem for injustice and the suffering it inflicts.”  The poets in this anthology write about this injustice and suffering with urgency, precision, anger, sorrow, and empathy.  Their words help us move more deeply into the world.  These are not the words of headlines that skim the surface; this is language that helps us understand the very act of breathing both as reality and metaphor, and to help us see that we are inhaling and exhaling the same air together.
– Stuart Kestenbaum, Poet Laureate of Maine author of How to Start Over