Friday, April 7, 2017

As to Why We Will Not Stop (Making the Hats) by Sophie Cabot Black

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April 7, 2017

As to Why We Will Not Stop (Making the Hats)

Sophie Cabot Black

About This Poem


"One of the most powerful images at our biggest protest march yet, earlier this year in Washington DC, was one of the ever-moving sea of pink hats. The hat-project came together so quickly, and many hands were put to knitting hats for those who were to march, from those who could not be there. After I came home with my family, still feeling great unrest, I decided to make hats for all our DC hosts, especially as I had this sense we would be back, again, marching and singing, signing and moving. Also: this poem is informed by my mother's project of raising sheep; shearing, carding, spinning and then finally, knitting. We were not great at it, but the yarn has a rather existential feel in my hands—having been through so much to get here."
—Sophie Cabot Black


Sophie Cabot Black is the author of The Exchange (Graywolf Press, 2013). She teaches at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and lives on a small farm in New England.


Poetry by Cabot Black


The Exchange

(Graywolf Press, 2013)

"Did Not Come Back" by Lucie Brock-Broido


"The One Secret That Has Carried" by Jason Shinder


"Magdalene—The Seven Devils" by Marie Howe




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