Women’s Poems of Protest and Resistance, Honduras (2009 – 2014)
The first edition of this anthology, Honduras: Golpe y pluma: Antologia de poesía resistente escrita por mujeres (2009-2013), was researched, compiled, prologued, and edited by poet Lety Elvir in September 2013 in the midst of death threats against several of its authors, unprecedented acts of violence against journalists and other defenders of the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression, and rampant attacks on community organizers and farmers claiming land rights, in a seemingly lawless environment of impunity for the perpetrators of certain crimes. The June 28, 2009 coup d’état deeply marked the national conscience of Honduras. It engaged the entire population, polarized Honduran society, plunged to previously inconceivable depths the repression, insecurity, violation of the freedom of expression, violence, corruption and ungovernability of the country. Impunity is rampant, and confidence in institutions has crumbled; lack of protection from the persistent violation of human rights terrorizes society and, simultaneously, pushes it to struggle for an urgent change in the current state of affairs. This poetic sampling written by Honduran women is just a drop in the ocean of what was provoked and produced after the coup. People in Honduras, their mentalities, arts, politics and History have changed since then; something was broken forever and for the better.