I was looking around the internet for some more takes on what engaged poetry is. Through a blog I came across this essay about engaged poetry. I especially liked the very first quote at the beginning:
“The ‘engaged’ writer knows that words are action. He knows that to reveal is to change and that one can reveal only by planning to change.”
Jean Paul Sartre, from “What Is Writing?”
I also thought it was interesting when it talked about writers assuming “that they can create worlds in images and words that are exempt from social reality.” It seems that with all writing, even fiction, you can’t truly escape what is going on in the world or the writer’s life, so that even if it is not truly “engaged literature,” it can touch on aspects of current events.
The full essay can be found here: