Any Neruda fan will tell you that poetry can be political. But how about the other way around?
Today’s Guardian has a disturbing story about how protesters are being treated in the United Kingdom – as menaces to society. It seems as if ‘protest’, with a fractured logic that only exists in poetry, can elide into ‘domestic extremism’ without skipping a line. After all, don’t extremists and protesters both share the same irrational hatred of the way things are today?
So who says that politics can’t be poetical?