Juan Felipe Herrera is the national poet laureate. In the midst of the violence, isolation and terror that mark so many peoples days and thoughts and plans, he is working to build an epic poem that anyone can contribute to with monthly themes that call people to reflect on their experience and express it shoulder to shoulder with whomever else is willing.
The result is a work that is multi lingual, reflecting an ever widening cross section of class and race and family structure and all kinds of beautiful, nuanced differences, strengths and details.
I think its a beautiful project and its timing like its content are indeed epic.
Here is a link to the first section, which I had the honor of being included in.