There are many examples of beautifully written poems, that seem to conflict with those who wrote the poems. Their views on social issues or even scientific issues are in no way beautiful. Also, the choices these poets made can be considered as poor or controversial.
Stand up to fascism and racism
Many of us agree that fascism and racism don’t belong in this world. This world should be about equality and freedom. Poets such as Ezra Pound, Pablo Neruda, and Martin Niemöller spoke on more than one occasion about their views on these subjects.
Pound supported the Italian fascist regime of Benito Mussolini. He made several radio broadcasts where he claimed that Mussolini and his fascism were things the world needed at that time. In the light of historical events, we can only conclude that this poet was wrong, so very wrong.
Pablo Neruda spoke about another totalitarian regime. That of Joseph Stalin. In the history books (the right ones), we can read about the horrific events that lead to the rise of this dictator.
The German pastor Martin Niemöller wrote a poem about speaking out at the wrong time. He did not speak out when the Nazi’s came for the socialists, Jews. Only when it was too late. At the time, he felt that he was the one they must be after.
Controversy in poetry is not something new. It has been around for centuries. Probably as long as poetry exists. And it will be, unfortunately. Take the poet Eli Siegel for instance. Although he wrote a beautiful poem about zebras, he is also one that believed homosexuality could be cured. We are not debating if this can be cured – it can’t-, but we took some time to inform our readers about the controversy of this thing called Aesthetic Realism.
One can ask the question if we as The Ministry of Poetic Affairs should offer a stage to such controversy. These words the poets wrote, weren’t always about these controversial subjects. They too spoke about love or matters that weren’t controversial. This conflicts with their beliefs. Should we not share these poems? We could do this, but we don’t. We consider them as part of our literary history and will state whatever controversy is attached to these poets. We did this for the mentioned poets and will do so when this is necessary.
Our website isn’t only about those who still write poetry. We want to offer a wide variety of poetry. With backgrounds and in some cases a warning about the beliefs of these poets. This isn’t always easy. That is why we prefer those who still are very much alive and believe this world is about equality, about love and there is need to change things in this world.
If you want us to feature your poems, we can. To do so, we always ask for background information about yourself. This gives the visitors of our website more than just a poem. It tells them, who the writer of these poems is. When you are ready, do submit your poem using this online form.
Do we publish everything? No, we don’t. We don’t publish any poem that promotes fascism, racism or any kind of inequality.