The Poetry Project


Minnie Bruce Pratt & Diane Seuss

“the people shout, No, no,
they won’t work until they die so the banks can live”

– Minnie Bruce Pratt, “The Wednesday after May Day”

“The sonnet, like poverty, teaches you what you can do

– Diane Seuss, from “frank: sonnets”

What pressures do work, debt, and poverty exert upon language – and what alternate grammars for imagining can the poet offer? In poems that burn with love, grief, hardship, and courage, Minnie Bruce Pratt and Diane Seuss open speech to new fields of possibility.

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