Poetry is not everyone’s cup of tea, I know. Modernist poetry in particular has a reputation for being obscure and self-obsessed. But there is also a vein of contemporary poetry that speaks powerfully to our condition as a society, and much of it in recent decades has come from a working-class rather than an elite perspective.
Jim Daniels (From Milltown to Malltown) and Jeanne Bryner (No Matter How Many Windows) are exemplary writers whose poetry is rooted in the everyday experience of working people and written in ways most of us can appreciate. They convey the clear vision, emotional connections, and truth-telling that good poetry offers. And in their most recent books they illuminate local and personal histories of the times we are living through.
Read more plus excerpts from poems at Poetry and People’s History: Places We Called Home | Working-Class Perspectives