Political Poetry in Motion

August 24, 2012 - 4:23 PM

It’s August break in Washington and some lawmakers are taking the time to indulge in their favorite hobbies.

Speaking for myself, I hope Rep. Gwen Moore (D- Wis.) is working up some new political poetry.

Political poetry is a pretty specialized art, but for me no one does it quite like Moore. During a memorable reading of ‘Job Creators’ for a progressive bloggers meeting in 2011, Moore brought forth striking imagery of how she views business leaders pining for their hopes and dreams, “Just put Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the social safety net under the budget axe - you pray,” she said.

In the same poem she questions not only their prayers, but also their very existence. “Step right up -each and every job creator, we must insist. Do you really exist? Or is this just political theatre?”

It may not be political theatre, but it’s pure political… poetry.

In early 2011, President Barack Obama called for more civility in public discourse. In 2012, Moore answered that call debuting her most famous work, “Great Scott! Scott Walker, You Gotta Go, Baby.”

In a reading taped at Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s (D-Ill.) Ultimate Women’s Power Lunch in May of 2012, one must focus on the nuance of the poetry to grasp the meaning.

“Great Scott, Scott Walker you got to go baby. Because we don’t want you no more,” Moore tell us in her emotional delivery.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) won his recall challenge in June, remaining in office. Moore’s poetic words also remain with us. We can only hope to see more poetry when she returns to Washington.