On April 20, 2010, nine Latino students chained themselves to the main doors of the Arizona State Capitol in an act of civil disobedience to protest Arizona's SB 1070. Moved by the students' actions,
that same day Francisco X. Alarcón responded by writing a poem in Spanish and English titled "Para Los Nueve del Capitolio/ For the Capitol Nine," which he dedicated to the students. The students
replied to the poem with a collective online message. To share with the world what was taking place, Alarcón then created a Facebook page called "Poets Responding to SB 1070" and posted the poem,
launching a powerful and dynamic forum for social justice.
Winner: Best Poetry Book – Arizona, New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards
A timely response (via verse) to the current political climate of Arizona, though what the book ultimately argues is that these injustices have always been taking place—SB 1070 is simply its most recent manifestation.
—Rigoberto González, author of Our Lady of the Crossword
Alarcón and co-editor the eco-poet and activist Odilia Galván Rodríguez selected the strongest work from the hundreds of entries to shape this anthology whose communal message—a plea for social change—will remain timeless and resonant.
With a firmly global perspective, Galván Rodríguez threads all of her work together with the theme of empowerment.
Since then, more than three thousand original contributions by poets and artists from around the globe have been posted to the page.
Poetry of Resistance offers a selection of these works, addressing a wide variety of themes, including racial profiling, xenophobia, cultural misunderstanding, violence against refugees, shared
identity, and much more. Contributors include distinguished poets such as Francisco Aragón, Devreaux Baker, Sarah Browning, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Susan Deer Cloud, Sharon Dubiago, Martín Espada,
Genny Lim, Pam Uschuk, and Alma Luz Villanueva.
Bringing together more than eighty writers, the anthology powerfully articulates the need for change and the primacy of basic human rights.
Each poem shows the heartfelt dedication these writers and artists have to justice in a world that has become larger than borders. Poetry of Resistance is a poetic call for tolerance,
reflection, reconciliation, and healing.