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Averse to Trump, America's poets fight back with words

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/13/2017 By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press
FILE - In this Wednesday, April 22, 1998 file photo, President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton walk down the State Floor hallway with Poets Laureate Robert Pinsky, left, Rita Dove, center, and Robert Haas, right, before the Millennium Evening Lecture at the White House in Washington. America's leading poets, including Pinsky and Dove, are averse to Donald Trump, and they have organized literary rallies in more than 30 states, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, to say so. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, April 22, 1998 file photo, President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton walk down the State Floor hallway with Poets Laureate Robert Pinsky, left, Rita Dove, center, and Robert Haas, right, before the Millennium Evening Lecture at the White House in Washington. America's leading poets, including Pinsky and Dove, are averse to Donald Trump, and they have organized literary rallies in more than 30 states, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, to say so. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

BOSTON (AP) — America's leading poets are averse to Donald Trump, and they've organized literary rallies in more than 30 states this weekend to say so.

FILE - In this Thursday, May 6, 2010 file photo, former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky recites one of his poems as he sits on stage at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. America's leading poets, including Pinsky, are averse to Donald Trump and they have organized literary rallies in more than 30 states, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, to say so. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Thursday, May 6, 2010 file photo, former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky recites one of his poems as he sits on stage at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. America's leading poets, including Pinsky, are averse to Donald Trump and they have organized literary rallies in more than 30 states, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, to say so. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Events under the banner "Writers Resist" are being staged Sunday in New York, Boston and dozens of other U.S. cities, as well as in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and London.

Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky will recite a new work to a gathering in New York, evoking American democratic ideals. He and other literary figures fear some of those ideals could be under threat as the president-elect prepares to take office.

Award-winning poet Erin Belieu says she spawned the movement to "re-inaugurate" a commitment to freedom of expression and other principles.

Poetry advocates say interest in the genre has surged nationally since the election.

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