Bringing down the house with a poignant prose, three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo delivered a somber, yet hopeful address about how Bob Dylan’s music inspires generations of social justice advocates.
“In this moment in history, we are witness to unprecedented and illegal moves to destroy democracy to erase equality and undermine human rights based on false premises of sexism, racism, culturalism for greed,” Harjo said. She added that her poem drew inspiration from Dylan’s song, “Tangled Up in Blue.”
“In these tangled times, we need the words of the poet, the singers, the prophets, to move in the direction of vision and truth,” Harjo said.