– Hyperallergic: Mexican Poets Give Voice to the Country’s Disappeared Students
“The young victims were teachers, they were learning to transmit knowledge. Eliminating them is eliminating all possibilities of education. And that’s a dirty blow to the future of Mexico,” Warpola told Hyperallergic.
“I wrote those poems in a moment of anger, they were spat out, and I was sad to finish writing them because sometimes I feel like they don’t generate a real change. However, it’s part of my nature, and for now it’s my way of fighting,” he said.
“It seems that our most powerful weapon is the language, and there is a dire need to use it. It’s essential to write about what happens, to leave a record, in any way, through any medium,” continued Horacio. “We must act, take to the streets, write poems, whatever, but do something.”
– Bogman’s Cannon: Sometimes Language Fails Us: ‘Poets for Ayotzinapa’
In states where violence prevails it is never a small thing to speak out. For writers and artists, the precariousness of their own existences can mean that they themselves pay high prices for taking positions or for refusing to be silenced. Poets for Ayotzinapa reads like a collective howl. And whilst howling too long and too loudly can make a stone of the heart to mangle a poetic quote, there is no doubting the heart and heartbreak in this anthology. I have scarcely ever read an angrier collection of poetry.
– Poetry Foundation. Mexico City Lit Responds to Disappearances With Bilingual Anthology.