In a discussion with Chris Hedges about contemporary poetry, award-winning poet Gerald Stern laments that “we’ve lost a voice that is unafraid to speak truth to power, and that longs to do that.”

Stern, who has written 20 books of poetry and received a National Book Award for Poetry and a Pulitzer Prize nomination, talks to the Truthdig columnist about how the digital age has affected political poetry and traces left-leaning politics in 20th-century verse from around the world.

Watch the full conversation in the video above.

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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