'Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.' – Matthew 25:29
We need to change the system. We need to overthrow, not the government [...] but this rotten, decadent, putrid industrial capitalist system which breeds such suffering – Dorothy Day
Culture Matters invites you to the digital launch of Cry of the Poor: An Anthology of Radical Writing About Poverty on Thursday the 23rd of September at 7pm GMT. The Facebook link is..... https://www.facebook.com/events/281283190143482 .....and the zoom link is......... https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82139040768?pwd=TG9iekhwSjZsQ2ZDNUlxNTdhSnRPQT09
The event will be hosted by Culture Matters and will feature readings by a number of contributors from around the world, and the book will be available to buy from our Books section after the launch.
The anthology contains work from over one hundred writers and artists, responding with urgency and vigour to the cry of the poor. Poverty is not a tragic accident or a force of nature. It doesn't just happen. It is done to people. Poverty and inequality are inherent and structural features of capitalism: they are an inevitable result of the unfair exploitation of working people, based on the unequal ownership of economic resources, both in this country and across the globe. The Covid pandemic has sharpened and exacerbated poverty among many of the already poor, while enriching many among the already rich.
This anthology of writing is about what poverty is, who it affects, and what it feels like. It is a little space for voices and experiences not often heard within contemporary literature, and the work in this collection is rich and varied because the cry of the poor is rich, varied and resilient, not just abject, begging and downtrodden.
There are stories of joyful hope and inspiration here. There are moments of quiet reflection and rigorous thought. There are triumphant flashes of ribaldry and humour. There is mourning, pain, protest, anger and joy—a chorus of voices expressing and demanding the kind of love that could power the transformation of society.
Read and heed the cry of the poor, for it is the cry of all of us.
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Fran Lock Ph.D. is a writer, activist, and the author of seven poetry collections and numerous chapbooks. She is an Associate Editor of Culture Matters.